- (philosophy) The study of principles relating to right and wrong conduct.
- The standards that govern the conduct of a person, especially a member of a profession.
* Although the terms ethics” and ”morality” may sometimes be used interchangeably, philosophical ethicists often distinguish them, using ”ethics” to refer to theories and conceptual studies relating to good and evil and right and wrong, and using ”morality” and its related terms to refer to actual, real-world beliefs and practices concerning proper conduct. In this vein, the American philosopher , ed., ”The Philosophy of Brand Blanshard , Library of Living Philosophers, ISBN 0875483496, “Autobiography”, p. 85. * In particular, in general usage ethical” is used to describe standards of behavior between individuals, while ”moral” or ”immoral can describe any behavior. You can call lying unethical or immoral, for example, because it involves the behavior of one person and how it affects another, but violating dietary prohibitions in a holy text would be described as immoral.
* moral philosophy
* applied ethics * bioethics * business ethics * comparative ethics * descriptive ethics * environmental ethics (rel-mid) * ethicist * medical ethics * metaethics * normative ethics * situational ethics (rel-bottom)
- Of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behaviour, especially for teaching right behaviour.
- * Nathaniel Hawthorne
- She had wandered without rule or guidance in a moralwilderness.
- Conforming to a standard of right behaviour; sanctioned by or operative on one’s conscience or ethical judgment.
- * Sir M. Hale
- the wiser and more moral part of mankind
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- Capable of right and wrong action.
- Probable but not proved.
- Positively affecting the mind, confidence, or will.
* (conforming to a standard of right behaviour) ethical, incorruptible, noble, righteous, virtuous * (probable but not proved) virtual
* immoral, amoral, non-moral, unmoral
- (of a narrative) The ethical significance or practical lesson.
- The moral of the (The Boy Who Cried Wolf) is that if you repeatedly lie, people won’t believe you when you tell the truth.
- We protest against the principle that the world of pure comedy is one into which no moral enters.
- Moral practices or teachings: modes of conduct.
- (obsolete) A morality play.
* (moral practices or teachings) ethics, mores