family values

plural noun

Definition of family values

: values especially of a traditional or conservative kind which are held to promote the sound functioning of the family and to strengthen the fabric of society

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This country needs our youth and our family values. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego filmmaker Gregory Nava on the return of 1984’s ‘El Norte’ — and why its message still matters today," 12 Sep. 2019 For a country that prioritizes and prides itself on things like family values, this feels unconscionable. Jeneé Osterheldt,, "Alex Ohanian, father of Reddit, on the importance of family leave and being a dad," 5 Sep. 2019 The party of family values adores a man who mocked women’s looks and lied about secret payments to a Playboy bunny, and the days of GOP hatred of commies is officially over, because Russia helped elect Trump. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Michelle Obama for president. The only one who can beat Trump?," 24 Aug. 2019 As in Sicily, Nico says, traditional family values prevail. National Geographic, "In Corsica, on a quest for beautiful harmony," 24 July 2019 According to PBS Kids, the show also aims to teach children family values and the importance of intergenerational relationships, based on the Alaska Native values of honoring elders. Kate Hogan,, "New PBS Kids Series Aims to Change the Representation of Native Americans on TV: Meet Molly of Denali!," 12 July 2019 Russian-influenced media coverage has positioned Russia as a source of conservatism and virtue—an alternative to Western liberalism—and posed Putin as moral leader defending religion and family values. Ani Chkhikvadze, The New Republic, "Why Georgia Brings Out Putin’s Insecurities," 25 June 2019 Finally, there’s Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who has emphasized faith and family values in his surprise-breakout run. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "Where Male Presidential Candidates Stand on Reproductive Rights," 9 May 2019 Between family values and growing up in sunny Arizona, Philipps has always been aware of the need for sun protection. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Busy Philipps Reveals Why She Takes a Bath Every Single Night," 22 Mar. 2019

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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