ascribed status

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ascribed status (plural ascribed statuses)

  1. (sociology) The social status that a person is given from birth or assumes involuntarily later in life.
    Coordinate term: achieved status
    • 2022, W. David Marx, chapter 1, in Status and Culture, Viking, →ISBN:
      Older societies built their hierarchies on ascribed status, where individuals received their social ranking based on predetermined criteria, such as age, ethnic group, occupation, and gender.