"double standard" is a noun-phrase that means

a set of principles that applies differently and usually more rigorously to one group of people or circumstances than to another ...

I see an alternate definition, bimetallism, but that applies to economics, so I don't think bimetallic is appropriate.

Is there an adjective that means double standard?

  • Unfair comes to mind, but that is not precisely the same meaning. I don't believe there is an adjectival form of the word "double-standard." To use it as an adjective, you would need to reword your sentence to use double standard as a noun.
    – Karlomanio
    Jan 17, 2019 at 21:27
  • You should provide a sentence. Even if there isn't a normal word, you can use a phrase to the same effect: it was an unequally and differently applied rule. Jan 17, 2019 at 22:42
  • Or unjustly and inconsistently applied rule. Jan 18, 2019 at 3:15
  • @JasonBassford Thanks, I was hoping there was an equivalent single word so I could be less verbose. Additionally I'd like to avoid a direct accusation, but rather more softly describe something. For example: avoid - You all have a double standard when it comes to doing xyz. for something like The [???] views are a major impediment for progress or even better The [???] behavior ...
    – J W
    Jan 18, 2019 at 9:31

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A common adjective implying application of double standards is discriminatory.


Making or showing an unfair or prejudicial distinction between different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.

‘discriminatory employment practices’

‘It is discriminatory as the closure will disproportionately affect older people and those with disabilities.’

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