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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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 Yes, optimism and the family values embodied by her parents’ devotion to her future. Kay S. Hymowitz, WSJ, "‘Becoming’ Review: The Sound of Striving," 12 Nov. 2018 Our family values education a lot and curiosity and intellect, but never at the expense of creativity. Harper's BAZAAR, "Crazy Rich Couture," 15 Aug. 2018 And since there’s no political opposition, there is no one to call him out on the hypocrisy of championing family values while keeping his family deep in the shadows. Owen Matthews, Newsweek, "The Top Secret Family Life of Vladimir Putin," 19 Aug. 2014 The church prides itself on its contributions to international humanitarian efforts, promoting and proselytizing a specific curriculum of family values. Mica Mcgriggs, Teen Vogue, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Celebrated the 40-Year Anniversary of the Lifted Ban Against Black Members," 11 July 2018 It’s got to do with family values, with friendship, with loyalty, with respect. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 Sessions’ words sparked a backlash from Christian leaders, who said the zero tolerance policy conflicted with their commitment to family values. David Yaffe-bellany, star-telegram, "Next to shelter, church's congregation defends family separations," 3 July 2018 There were calls to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and suggestions of hypocrisy among politicians who support Mr. Trump's policies and stress family values. Michael R. Sisak And Julie Walker, The Christian Science Monitor, "New York protesters face the heat to decry ICE practices," 2 July 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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