Of or relating to the study of ethics.
‘The philosopher Kant is particularly known for his ethical writings.’;
Not morally approvable; morally bad; not ethical.
‘The corporation was accused of unethical behavior for knowingly producing a product suspected of harming health.’;
(not comparable) Of or relating to the accepted principles of right and wrong, especially those of some organization or profession.
‘All employees must familiarize themselves with our ethical guidelines.’;
not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior;
‘unethical business practices’;
(comparable) Morally approvable; good.
‘We are trying to decide what the most ethical course of action would be.’;
not adhering to ethical or moral principles;
‘base and unpatriotic motives’; ‘a base, degrading way of life’; ‘cheating is dishonorable’; ‘they considered colonialism immoral’; ‘unethical practices in handling public funds’;
Only dispensed on the prescription of a physician.
‘In most jurisdictions, morphine is classified as an ethical drug.’;
not morally correct
‘it is unethical to torment any creature for entertainment’;
An ethical drug.
of or relating to the philosophical study of ethics;
‘ethical codes’; ‘ethical theories’;
conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior;
‘an ethical lawyer’; ‘ethical medical practice’; ‘an ethical problem’; ‘had no ethical objection to drinking’; ‘Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants’;
adhering to ethical and moral principles;
‘it seems ethical and right’; ‘followed the only honorable course of action’; ‘had the moral courage to stand alone’;
relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these
‘ethical standards’; ‘ethical issues in nursing’;
morally good or correct
‘can a profitable business ever be ethical?’;
avoiding activities or organizations that do harm to people or the environment
‘switching to more ethical products’; ‘adopt ethical shopping habits’; ‘an expert on ethical investment’; ‘ethical holidays’;
(of a medicine) legally available only on a doctor's prescription and usually not advertised to the general public
‘all types of drugs, including ethical drugs and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals’;