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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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The potential degrader identified by 16S rDNA analysis using BLAST technique was Pseudomonas nitroreducens PS-2.
1998) found higher polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degraders in a hydrocarbon-contaminated site when compared to an adjacent, non-contaminated site.
Brevibacillus laterosporus MTCC 2298: A potential azo dye degrader.
strain IFN4 isolated from the textile effluent is a very fast degrader of azo dyes under optimal conditions and considered a potential candidate for the treatment of dye contaminated textile wastewater in bioreactors.
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En effet, la competitivite de l'economie tunisienne n'a cesse de se degrader au cours des trois dernieres annees.
Les ennemis de l'integrite territoriale du Maroc ont tente, apres l'adoption de la resolution onusienne, de "porter atteinte a la securite et a la quietude des populations, en mobilisant des femmes et des enfants en vue de s'attaquer aux forces de l'ordre et de degrader des biens", ont note les chioukhs des tribus sahraouies.
Young Marines and Sailors would not think of the F/A-18 HUD or DDI to be a significant degrader.
Les strategistes de CM-CIC estiment jeudi que "la probabilite de voir les finances publiques se degrader augmente".
a gram positive phenol degrader, which represents a versatile property of aromatic compound degradation.
eutrophus JMP134, a 2,4-D degrader, was required; however, JMP134 is sensitive to cadmium.