achieved status

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achieved status (plural achieved statuses)

  1. (sociology) A person's social status that is acquired, such as being an Olympic athlete, being a criminal, or being a college professor.
    Coordinate term: ascribed status
    • 2022, W. David Marx, chapter 1, in Status and Culture, Viking, →ISBN:
      The modern ideal is to organize society as a system of achieved status, where a higher position is based on personal achievements rather than immutable characteristics.