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double standard

noun

Simple Definition of double standard

  • : a situation in which two people, groups, etc., are treated very differently from each other in a way that is unfair to one of them

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of double standard

  1. 1 :  bimetallism

  2. 2 :  a set of principles that applies differently and usually more rigorously to one group of people or circumstances than to another; especially :  a code of morals that applies more severe standards of sexual behavior to women than to men

Examples of double standard in a sentence

  1. She argued that society applies a double standard in dealing with women who commit adultery.



1894

First Known Use of double standard

1894


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