derogatory de*rog"a*to*ry, a. Tending to derogate, or lessen in value; expressing a low opinion; expressing derogation; detracting; injurious; -- with from, to, or unto.

Syn: belittling, depreciative, deprecatory, depreciatory, derogatory, detractive, detracting, slighting, pejorative, denigratory. [1913 Webster]

Acts of Parliament derogatory from the power of subsequent Parliaments bind not. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

His language was severely censured by some of his brother peers as derogatory to their other. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{Derogatory clause in a testament} (Law), a sentence of secret character inserted by the testator alone, of which he reserves the knowledge to himself, with a condition that no will he may make thereafter shall be valid, unless this clause is inserted word for word; -- a precaution to guard against later wills extorted by violence, or obtained by suggestion. [1913 Webster] ||

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