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standard of living

a grade or level of subsistence and comfort in everyday life enjoyed by a community, class, or individual:
The well-educated generally have a high standard of living.
Also called living standard.
Origin of standard of living
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The rise in the material standard of living seems to be inseparably linked to increased energy usage.
  • The real question is the standard of living of people at every income level and whether the basic needs of the poor are being met.
  • Mainly because so far it has had surprisingly little impact on our standard of living.
  • The aggregate data show no long-run negative effect of population growth upon standard of living.
  • The effect of tapering off will be to spread the money more widely, supporting more musicians at an adequate standard of living.
  • In our era, the standard of living has progressed at an amazing and ever-accelerating rate.
  • The ones that represent tremendous threats to our national security and are already compromising our standard of living.
  • Support from these energy servants is the source of our high standard of living.
  • Oil revenue, which is unevenly distributed among the emirates, generally provides a high standard of living.
  • If you go for the job be sure to make sure that the pay is high enough to afford a reasonable standard of living.
British Dictionary definitions for standard of living

standard of living

a level of subsistence or material welfare of a community, class, or person
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standard of living in Culture

standard of living definition

A term describing the amount of goods and services that an average family or individual views as necessary.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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