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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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Nevertheless, all hope is not shut out, even from the Isosceles, that his posterity may ultimately rise above his degraded condition.
"I don't believe you have voluntarily degraded yourself," I said.
Degraded as I am, unworthy as I am--knowing as I do that nothing can ever come of it--I love you!
The blacks are so unprincipled themselves that they can imagine no such thing as principle or honor in others, and especially do these blacks distrust an Englishman whom the Germans have taught them to believe are the most treacherous and degraded of people.
While talking to newsmen, the protestors including Anas Zaunr, Abdul Sami Buledi, Sajid Rehman Rustamani, Hashim and others said that the educational institutes in other areas are being ungraded but the government has degraded the school and college in Tando which is a condemnable act.
The citizens and representatives of civil society and leaders of Action Committee including Faiz Udhejo and others while protesting on 3rd consecutive day on Sunday termed the decision of Sindh Govt to degrade the Ghulam Mohammad Talpur School Tando Bago which was upgraded as higher secondary school in 1990 and in 2005 it was upgraded as IT College during General (retired) Musharraf regime and now was being degraded as high school.
The county has formed a community-led partnership that seeks to restore the degraded mangroves for sustainable use.
Researchers have found that polythene can also be degraded by Fungi.
Degraded' MRT-3 closed for entire Holy Week !-- -- Robertzon Ramirez, Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star) - March 20, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines The "degraded condition" of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) calls for a longer than usual maintenance shutdown this Holy Week, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said yesterday.
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, from 2012 to 2030, declared on March 1 by the UN General Assembly, aims to massively scale up the restoration of degraded and destroyed ecosystems as a proven measure to fight the climate crisis and enhance food security, water supply and biodiversity.
Plant and rhizospheric soil samples were collected from pastures in three degradation stages (highly, partially, and slightly degraded).