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TO DISCREDIT, practice, evidence. To deprive one of credit or confidence.
     2. In general, a party may discredit a witness called by the opposite party, who testifies against him, by proving that his character is such as not to entitle him to credit or confidence, or any other fact which shows he is not, entitled to belief. It is clearly settled, also, that the party voluntarily calling a witness, cannot afterwards impeach his character for truth and veracity. 1 Moo. & Rob. 414; 3 B. & Cress. 746; S. C. 10 Eng. Com. Law R. 220. But if a party calls a witness, who turns out unfavorable, he may call another to prove the same point. 2 Campb. R. 556 2 Stark. R. 334; S. C. 3 E. C. L. R. 371 1 Nev & Man. 34; 4 B. & Adolph. 193; S. C. 24 E. C. L. R. 47; 1 Phil. Ev. 229; Rosc. Civ. Ev. 96.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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After his quickfire hat-trick against Luxembourg on Saturday, Shearer sneered that he was not answerable to "discredited people" - among whom Kelly was perceived to be a prime target.
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Your columnist Matthew Norman is right - Campbell is Tony Blair's mouthpiece, so a discredited Campbell means a discredited government.
Public sector development is largely dormant or discredited at the moment, and it may be that the private sector is the only means of finding the capital and management skills to generate such huge developments in a sensible period of time.
It is very difficult to reestablish believability once we have discredited ourselves by promoting information that turns out to be misinformation--or even worse, intentional disinformation.
But this mechanism, along with the therapy itself, has been discredited by most members of the medical profession, including the American Medical Association, American Heart Association, American College of Physicians and American Osteopathic Association.
The report's tone is reminiscent of nothing so much as the cult classic film Reefer Madness, a piece of government propaganda that so exaggerated the threats of marijuana smoking that it single-handedly discredited government information on drugs for at least a generation.