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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.

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But there are a variety of microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) that are capable of degrading certain PAHs therefore there is a significant interest in studying microorganisms in contaminated sites as a mean for bioremediation [14].
Several Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria isolated from soil, rhizosphere and phylosphere have AHL degrading activity.
Now, a new study published in the journal Soil Use and Management attempts for the first time to measure the extent and severity of land degradation across the globe and concludes that 24 percent of the land area is degrading - often in very productive areas.
While the researchers encourage reducing degrading song lyrics in the music industry and reducing teenagers' exposure to such music, critics of the study point out that the study merely shows a correlation (relationship), not a causal effect (that listening to degrading lyrics directly causes teens to engage in more sexual activity).
prison conditions must be humane and the guards must abide by the standards set by the Geneva Conventions (which clearly forbid "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment") and the UN Convention Against Torture in harboring prisoners of war.
Specks can be due to contamination of the polymer or to resin degrading in a dead spot in the screw flights and being carried through with the next shot.
The cross-links in Li's adhesive are so strong that it can be boiled for hours without degrading, he says.
officials implicated in the development or implementation of interrogation techniques that constitute torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment," the group said in a May 25 statement.
Parylene seals and protects elastomer surfaces, and is able to modify surface properties without degrading functional performance.
At its best, this triumph of Sharonism condemns Israelis and Palestinians to more of the same mutually degrading cycle of violence and retribution and the slow unraveling of the Jewish nation.
Microbial counts in the degrading materials were recorded up to 79.
Although all 42 strains were capable of degrading feather keratin by day 21, twelve degraded feathers in less than seven days.