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TO DEGRADE, DEGRADING. To, sink or lower a person in the estimation of the public.
     2. As a man's character is of great importance to him, and it is his interest to retain the good opinion of all mankind, when he is a witness, he cannot be compelled to disclose any matter which would tend to disgrace or degrade him, 13 How. St. Tr. 17, 334, 16 How. St. Tr. 161. A question having that tendency, however, may be asked, and, in such case, when the witness chooses to answer it, the answer is conclusive. 1 Phil. Ev. 269; R. & M. 383.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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TANDO BAGO -- A protest demonstration was continued by the local people and the students of Tango Bago against the degrading the Government Ghulam Muhammad Talpur Higher Secondary School and changing the status of the IT College to the Government Intermediate Degree College in Tando Bago on Tuesday.
8239, or the 'Positive and Non-Violent Discipline of Children Act' which seeks to protect children from physical, humiliating, or degrading acts as a form of punishment.
FORMER Vice President Atiku Abubakar has accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) of degrading Nigeria, saying that the ruling party did to Senate President Bukola Saraki what it did to the country.
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An ECHO reader has called on the authority to follow in the footsteps of Nottingham Council and take action against the company for what she called a "degrading" and "exploitative" advertising method.
Yearbook of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; Volume 19; 2 volume set
The President emphasized that degrading and destroying IS "will continue to require coordination and cooperation among a wide range of global partners, and the United States is strongly committed to continuing to lead the shared efforts" of the coalition, the statement said.
Hydrocarbon degrading bacteria were isolated from the petrol contaminated soil of Karachi to determine their biodegradation capabilities of aromatic hydrocarbons such as xylene, phenanthrene, naphthalene, biphenyl and anthracene.
In this past Tuesday's conference call regarding their study of Voltair, Nielsen stated that it did not support its use and that it would be releasing enhancements to its encoder that improved the detectability of the watermark without degrading perceived audio quality.
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