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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Recent Examples on the Web The two together were magic, ambassadors to a Mexico of family values and simple pleasures. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Flor Silvestre, beloved Mexican singer, actress and musical matriarch, dies at 90," 27 Nov. 2020 Deutsch said discussions about politics can be a good way of affirming family values. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Children can pick up on our 'anxieties and worries' about 2020 election: Here's how to talk to them about voting and politics," 5 Nov. 2020 From the shade of a Stars and Stripes marquee, participants wait for the event to begin, lauding the U.S. president’s commitment to family values and his support for the economy. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "For some abroad, four more years of Trump sounds pretty good," 30 Oct. 2020 She was charged with prostitution, drug use and a crime recently added to Egypt’s penal code: violation of family values. New York Times, "Egyptian Teen Seeks Justice in Rape Case, and a Battle Erupts Over Women’s Rights," 30 Oct. 2020 Phyllis Schlafly, the telegenic conservative who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment, rallied women to the G.O.P. in the name of family values. Anna Louie Sussman, The New Yorker, "The Loneliness of the Pro-Choice Republican Woman," 30 Oct. 2020 The Judicial Crisis Network ads have touted her background as a law professor turned judge, who is also a mother of seven who models conservative family values. Michael Biesecker And Brian Slodysko, Star Tribune, "Barrett ads tied to interest groups funded by unnamed donors," 26 Oct. 2020 Critics praised the film for its cultural specificity and its exploration of family values and grief. Rachel Yang,, "Lulu Wang criticizes Ron Howard's decision to direct biopic of Chinese pianist Lang Lang," 22 Sep. 2020 Cartwright and Taylor may currently live in Los Angeles, but the mom-to-be hopes to instill strong family values from her Kentucky upbringing. Michele Corrison,, "Vanderpump Rules Stars Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright Expecting Their First Child," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of family values

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Family values.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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