Legal Definition and Related Resources of Status

Meaning of Status

The legal standing or position of a person as determined by his membership in some class of persons legally enjoying certain rights or subject to certain limitations, conditions in respect, e.g., of liberty or servitude, marriage or celibacy , infancy or majority .

Status Alternative Definition

(Lat.) The condition of persons. It also means “estate,” because it signifies the condition or circumstances in which the owner stands with regard to his property. 2 Bouv. Inst, note 1689.

Synonyms of Status


  • caliber
  • caste
  • circumstance
  • class
  • condition
  • dignity
  • elevation
  • eminence
  • esteem
  • footing
  • grade
  • importance
  • notability
  • place
  • position
  • posture
  • prestige
  • prominence
  • quality
  • rank
  • rating
  • situation
  • standing
  • state
  • station
  • superiority
  • Associated Concepts: proof of status
  • status of purchaser
  • status of trustee

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Definition of Status

The Canada social science dictionary [1] provides the following meaning of Status: A position in a social structure regulated by norms and usually ranked according to power and prestige. Status differs from class in that it is a measure of a person’s social standing or social honour in a community. Individuals who share the same social class may have very divergent status. For example, people’s status is affected by ethnic origin, gender and age as well as their level of recognition in the community. While status is statistically related to class it is common for individuals to have inconsistent class and status locations. Most sociologists use both the concepts of class and status to describe the systems of social stratification (the way individuals are ranked in various hierarchies of income, wealth, authority and power) found in societies.

Status: Resources

Notes and References

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


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Status

(You may find status at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

1670s, “height” of a situation or condition, later “legal standing of a person” (1791), from Latin status “condition, position, state, manner, attitude,” from past participle stem of stare “to stand,” from PIE *ste-tu-, from root *sta- “to stand, make or be firm.” Sense of “standing in one’s society or profession” is from 1820. Status symbol first recorded 1955; status-seeker from 1956. Status-anxiety is from 1959.

Concept of “Status”

Traditional meaning of status in English (with some legal use of this latin concept in England and the United States in the XIX Century) [1]: (in Latin) Estate; condition. Status quo: the state in which [it was before].


Notes and References

  1. Based on A Concise Law Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Maxims, “Status”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary. This term and/or definition may be absolete.

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