One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounfrequently as plural noun living standards
The quality of housing, material comfort, and wealth experienced by an individual or group.‘a decline in basic living standards’
- ‘For the past 15 years Spain has seen spectacular growth, dramatically improving living standards, and a housing boom that brought new wealth and hundreds of thousands of jobs.’
- ‘We face major challenges in trying to put life into empty promises to reverse the ecological degradation and falling living standards that afflict much of the world.’
- ‘This is a real decline in living standards, manifested as a real increase in the number of people who are cold, sick, and hungry.’
- ‘The gap between living standards in Australia and New Zealand is growing wider as each day goes by.’
- ‘We need a national "living wage"—a required minimum floor that provides a basic living standard for all workers.’
- ‘He has called for the rehabilitation of the irrigation furrow to improve people's living standards.’
- ‘We have seen policy that didn't work for the people whose jobs, living standards, and communities were affected.’
- ‘Improvements in living standards have reduced the mortality from infectious diseases.’
- ‘The new initiative sought to raise the living standards of the poorest residents.’
- ‘He plans to bring together top-level administration policy makers to draw up plans to raise living standards for families.’
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