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single standard

a single set of principles or rules applying to everyone, as a single moral code applying to both men and women, especially in sexual behavior.
Compare double standard.
Origin of single standard
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But the system only works when there's a single standard of conformity.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
  • The attempt will bring us to the single standard of the cheaper metal.

  • We are not the authors of a single standard governing our lives.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • As the recoinage advanced, further attention was devoted to the necessity of instituting the single standard.

  • The single standard is better than the sixteen to one––silver for men and gold for women.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • It has a single standard support resting on a solid circular disc about 33 cm.

    Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Vol I Edward Luther Stevenson
  • In theory a single standard pier of Manhattan should empty and load, even in this rather clumsy fashion, about eighty cars a day.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • A single standard is an improvement upon the old habit of stoning the woman only and letting the man go free.

  • How ludicrous it was to judge all women, weigh their character, by the single standard of chastity.

    Cytherea Joseph Hergesheimer
  • And these are not the figures of bimetallists or silver "theorists," but of pronounced advocates of the single standard of gold.

    Money John P. Jones

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