Definition of affected class in US English:

affected class


  • A group adversely affected from a common cause, as defined by legislation, litigation, or prevailing practice.

    ‘any employee in an affected class may volunteer to be laid off’
    • ‘The organization files cases for the enforcement of legal rights or liabilities of the affected class.’
    • ‘Collectively, they are clearly the most numerous affected class.’
    • ‘The ratings for the affected classes are dependent upon the company's ability to provide payments.’
    • ‘He tells the newspaper he'll attempt to get millions of Americans certified as an affected class.’
    • ‘The affected class of taxpayers has failed to properly account for their taxes due to a misunderstanding of the tax law.’