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Law the legal standing or condition of a person


  1. any stable position within a social system associated with specific expectations, rights and duties. 'Status’ in this sense is equivalent to ROLE, although it is the latter term which has the wider currency.
  2. the positive or negative honour, prestige, power, etc., attaching to a position, or an individual person, within a system of SOCIAL STRATIFICATION (often referred to as social status).
Both conceptions derive from forms of society in which individual social locations were relatively fixed (see ASCRIBED STATUS, MAINE), for example by religion or by law (see CASTE, ESTATE). In modern societies status positions tend to be more fluid. See also STATUS GROUP, CLASS, STATUS AND PARTY, SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, STATUS CONSISTENCY AND INCONSISTENCY.



in the Hamito-Semitic languages, a grammatical category of the noun that determines whether the noun is definite and whether it has a relationship with other parts of the sentence; in particular, whether the noun has a genitival attribute. A noun’s status also indicates possession, as in Arabic - i(”my”), and demonstrativeness, as in Somali -k-an (”this,” masculine) and -t-an (”this,” feminine). The category of status exists in the Semitic, Coptic, Berber, Cushitic and Chad languages. It is expressed by means of suffixes, prefixes, internal inflection, and distinctions in declensional paradigms.


D’iakonov, I. M. Semito-khamitskie iazyki. Moscow, 1965.
Tucker, A. N., and M. A. Bryan. The Non-Bantu Languages ofNorth-Eastern Africa. London, 1966.
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Ian Atkinson, Director at Status adds, “The name change to Status Global Insurance is an important component of our rebranding and is vital to building consumer trust, brand loyalty and professional reputation as we expand further into the global marketplace.
Dion is described by Campagne-Quebec Vie president Luc Gagnon as supporting the Canadian status quo on abortion, that is, the right to kill preborn babies right up to birth.
Like the two of them, I was a UNC varsity athlete, but their status comes from their value on the athletic field, and mine, a one-year walk-on marginal track and fielder, most assuredly does not.
Sarah Lee, 17, left, talks to her teacher Stefane Zamorano - who recently received full-time status - outside class.
Choosing, the third status in the INCOME framework, is the status in which the individual integrates information about self and about the world of work and selects an occupation, job, or educational program from among those known to the person at the time that the choice is made.
99) as all of the other Status 1A candidates, supporting their inclusion in Zone A sharing proposal.
The final set of analyses examined whether associations with nativity status varied by race or ethnicity and education.
Race-free status return enables the interrupts for multiple commands to be aggregated to increase performance.
Full-time student status: Birth certificate (if not already on file) and a copy of current semester official class schedule reflecting full-time student status or signed statement from the registrar or dean of students verifying full-time student status or copy of the current semester tuition bill showing proof of payment for full-time student status/credit hours.
Units that do file the report show a need for resource allocation based on reported status.
The status report shows that, in 2003, 80 officers were disciplined for unreasonable force, and that no charges were filed against officers accused in 632 allegations.
Taking an online course is correlated at statistically significant levels with student status (increases with part-time status); age (decreases as one gets older); and attitudes to online education (increases with positive attitudes).