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The expressed or implied doctrine that there is no uniform code of morality for everyone, that some people have a standard different from that of the rest of humankind. The theory of a double standard is especially tempting to those in public office, whether civil or ecclesiastical. their possession of authority and relative immunity to normal sanctions can lead them to require one level of behavior for others and another for themselves.