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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. The moral and social values traditionally maintained and affirmed within a family.

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  • n. Political and social beliefs that hold the nuclear family to be the essential ethical and moral unit of society.

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  • "No newspapers or TV, unless, of course, we hear through the beach grapevine that, once again, a Republican "family values" freak has got caught with his wee-wee pinched in the zipper of a dress not belonging to his wife."

    June 19, 2015

  • See dog-whistle, thanks to chained_bear.

    October 29, 2007