Meaning of double standard

dou'ble stand'ard

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. any code or set of principles containing different provisions for one group of people than for another, esp. an unwritten code of sexual behavior permitting men more freedom than women. Cf. single standard (def. 1).
  2. bimetallism.
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