Level of aspiration is the goals or standards of performance a person sets for himself.
Webster Dictionary Meaning
- Coinciding or parallel with the plane of the horizon; horizontal; as, the telescope is now level.
- Even with anything else; of the same height; on the same line or plane; on the same footing; of equal importance; -- followed by with, sometimes by to.
- Straightforward; direct; clear; open.
- Well balanced; even; just; steady; impartial; as, a level head; a level understanding. [Colloq.]
- Of even tone; without rising or falling inflection.
- A horizontal line or plane; that is, a straight line or a plane which is tangent to a true level at a given point and hence parallel to the horizon at that point; -- this is the apparent level at the given point.
- An approximately horizontal line or surface at a certain degree of altitude, or distance from the center of the earth; as, to climb from the level of the coast to the level of the plateau and then descend to the level of the valley or of the sea.
- Hence, figuratively, a certain position, rank, standard, degree, quality, character, etc., conceived of as in one of several planes of different elevation.
- A uniform or average height; a normal plane or altitude; a condition conformable to natural law or which will secure a level surface; as, moving fluids seek a level.
- An instrument by which to find a horizontal line, or adjust something with reference to a horizontal line.
- A measurement of the difference of altitude of two points, by means of a level; as, to take a level.
- A horizontal passage, drift, or adit, in a mine.
- To aim a gun, spear, etc., horizontally; hence, to aim or point a weapon in direct line with the mark; fig., to direct the eye, mind, or effort, directly to an object.
- To bring to a lower level; to overthrow; to topple down; to reduce to a flat surface; to lower.
- To bring to a horizontal position, as a gun; hence, to point in taking aim; to aim; to direct.
- Figuratively, to bring to a common level or plane, in respect of rank, condition, character, privilege, etc.; as, to level all the ranks and conditions of men.
- To adjust or adapt to a certain level; as, to level remarks to the capacity of children.
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