double standard

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double standard (plural double standards)

  1. The situation where two groups or individuals are the same in pertinent ways, but one is condemned for it while the other is excused.
    • 1976, “Missouri Breaker”, in Playboy[1]:
      For example, when discussing relationships, she admitted that she believed in a "reverse double standard".
  2. A pair of monetary values, i.e. a gold standard and a silver standard, both of which are legal tender.

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