Legal Definition and Related Resources of Class

Meaning of Class

A number or body of persons or things with common characteristics; the order of rank to which persons or things are arranged or assorted. Also, a body of persons uncertain in number, having common characteristics or attributes.

Class Alternative Definition

A number of persons or things ranked together for some common purpose, or as possessing some attribute in common. The term is used of legatees (3 McCord [S. C] 440), of obligees in a bond (3 Dev. [N. C] 284; 4 Dev. [N. C] 382), and of other collections of persons (17 Wend. [N. Y.]/ 52; 16 Pick. [Mass.] 132).

Synonyms of Class


  • assortment
  • bracket
  • branch
  • brand
  • breed
  • caste
  • category
  • classification
  • classis
  • denomination
  • designation
  • division
  • echelon
  • genera
  • genre
  • genus
  • gradation
  • grade
  • group
  • grouping
  • hierarchy
  • ilk
  • kind
  • layer of society
  • order
  • ordo
  • place
  • position
  • rank
  • rating
  • sect
  • set
  • social rank
  • social status
  • sort
  • standing
  • station
  • status
  • stratum
  • subdivision
  • subgroup
  • surder
  • subspecies
  • type
  • variety
  • Associated Concepts: class action
  • class gifts
  • class interest
  • class legislation
  • class suit
  • definite class
  • gift to a classforeign phrases: Clausula generalis de residuo non ea complectitur quae non ejusdem sint generis cum iis quae speciatim dictafuerant
  • A general clause of remainder does not include those things which are not of the same kind as those which have been specially mentioned

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Class in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Definition of Class

The Canada social science dictionary [1] provides the following meaning of Class: The term is used in various ways in sociology. It usually implies a group of individuals sharing a common situation within a social structure, usually their shared place in the structure of ownership and control of the means of production. Karl Marx (1818-1883), for example, distinguished four classes in capitalist societies, a bourgeois class who own and control the means of production, a petite bourgeoisie of small business and professionals, a proletariat of wage workers and a lumpenproletariat of people in poverty and social disorganization who are excluded from the wage earning economy. In land based economies, class structures are based on individual’s relationship to the ownership and control of land. Class can also refer to groups of individuals with a shared characteristic relevant in some socio-economic measurement or ranking (for example all individuals earning over $50,000 a year): it then has a statistical meaning rather than being defined by social relationships. While class is extensively used in discussing social structure, sociologists also rely on the concept of status, which offers a more complex portrait in which individuals within a class can be seen as having quite differentiated social situations. See: LUMPENPROLETARIAT /PETITE BOURGEOISIE / PROLETARIAT / STATUS in this legal dictionary and in the world encyclopedia of law.

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Notes and References

  • Drislane, R., & Parkinson, G. (2016). (Concept of) Class. Online dictionary of the social sciences. Open University of Canada


Legal English Vocabulary: Class in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term class into Spanish: clase (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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