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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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IMMEDIATELY before castigating Mr Gray for referencing a supposed global warming "discredited scam", Mr Bennett again repeats the utterly discredited "97% of scientists" mantra.
ETYK said it was not its intention to deal with who was responsible for the present crisis but it felt the need to condemn any action that discredited the institutions and deepened the values crisis plaguing Cyprus.
No, it is their revision of their hot summer prediction that discredits them most.
All of this, of course, is being used to discredit as a "conspiracy theory wacko" anyone who challenges any part of the government's official line on the September 11 attacks, as well as anyone who questions the government's incremental police-state response to 9/11 in the name of "homeland security."
"Measuring Globalization," a study in the January/February 2003 issue of Foreign Policy, discredits this bedrock principle of political environmentalism.
It discredits the jersey." There was consolation for Smith in the form of a Heineken Cup place which was guaranteed by Wasps' defeat at Sale.
In Brown's famous and frequently anthologized essay "Negro Character As Seen By White Authors," he invalidates the ethnographic claims of literary artists who exploited the so-called Negro as literary subject, and in so doing he discredits the entire ethnographic enterprise widely embraced by the academy and the literati of his era.
Schaefer discredits that propaganda by simply retelling his story, with personal vignettes of fellow "knights" -- local mountain people, guides and farmers, and some who founded and led The Wildernes Society.
But having put the issues on the table, he discredits himself by pointing fingers, which only hampers any progress toward finding a middle ground.
Yet evidence from the fossilized bodies of surface plankton discredits this explanation, says Sejrup.
To break such a promise and to change their votes according to the parliamentary arithmetic is exactly what discredits British politics: acting without principles at all.
Prefrontal lobotomy is perhaps the most infamous of many discredited treatments that were introduced as a great solution to severe brain disorders such as schizophrenia.