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"underclass" in British English

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underclassnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˈʌn.də.klɑːs/ us   /ˈʌn.dɚ.klæs/
a group of people with a lower social and economic position than any of the other classes of society: The long-term unemployed now constitute a kind of underclass.
(Definition of underclass from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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underclassnoun [C]

us   /ˈʌn·dərˌklæs/
the lowest economic and social class in society, consisting of people who are considered to have few opportunities to improve themselves
(Definition of underclass from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"underclass" in Business English

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underclassnoun [C, usually singular]

uk   /ˈʌndəˌklɑːs/ us   ECONOMICS
the poorest people in a society, especially when discussing their lack of opportunities to find work: Letting guest workers into America doesn't create an underclass. The nation needs to reduce the vast gap between the wealthy and a jobless underclass.
(Definition of underclass from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “underclass”
in Chinese (Simplified) 下层社会, 下层阶级, 贫困阶层…
in Chinese (Traditional) 下層社會, 下層階級, 貧困階層…
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