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Moral vs. Ethic

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Moraladjective

Of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behaviour, especially for teaching right behaviour.

‘moral judgments;’; ‘a moral poem’;

Ethicadjective

Moral, relating to morals.

Moraladjective

Conforming to a standard of right behaviour; sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment.

‘a moral obligation’;

Ethicnoun

A set of principles of right and wrong behaviour guiding, or representative of, a specific culture, society, group, or individual.

‘I think the golden rule is a great ethic.’;

Moraladjective

Capable of right and wrong action.

‘a moral agent’;

Ethicnoun

The morality of an action.

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Moraladjective

Probable but not proved.

‘a moral certainty’;

Ethicadjective

Of, or belonging to, morals; treating of the moral feelings or duties; containing percepts of morality; moral; as, ethic discourses or epistles; an ethical system; ethical philosophy.

‘The ethical meaning of the miracles.’;

Moraladjective

Positively affecting the mind, confidence, or will.

‘a moral victory;’; ‘moral support’;

Ethicnoun

the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group; as, the Puritan ethic.

Moralnoun

(of a narrative) The ethical significance or practical lesson.

Ethicnoun

a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct.

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Moralnoun

Moral practices or teachings: modes of conduct.

Ethicnoun

the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group;

‘the Puritan ethic’; ‘a person with old-fashioned values’;

Moralnoun

(obsolete) A morality play.

Ethicnoun

a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct

Moraladjective

Relating to duty or obligation; pertaining to those intentions and actions of which right and wrong, virtue and vice, are predicated, or to the rules by which such intentions and actions ought to be directed; relating to the practice, manners, or conduct of men as social beings in relation to each other, as respects right and wrong, so far as they are properly subject to rules.

‘Keep at the least within the compass of moral actions, which have in them vice or virtue.’; ‘Mankind is broken loose from moral bands.’; ‘She had wandered without rule or guidance in a moral wilderness.’;

Ethicnoun

a set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct

‘the puritan ethic was being replaced by the hedonist ethic’;

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Moraladjective

Conformed to accepted rules of right; acting in conformity with such rules; virtuous; just; as, a moral man. Used sometimes in distinction from religious; as, a moral rather than a religious life.

‘The wiser and more moral part of mankind.’;

Ethicadjective

relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these

‘the ethic question is of wider import’;

Moraladjective

Capable of right and wrong action or of being governed by a sense of right; subject to the law of duty.

‘A moral agent is a being capable of those actions that have a moral quality, and which can properly be denominated good or evil in a moral sense.’;

Moraladjective

Acting upon or through one's moral nature or sense of right, or suited to act in such a manner; as, a moral arguments; moral considerations. Sometimes opposed to material and physical; as, moral pressure or support.

Moraladjective

Supported by reason or probability; practically sufficient; - opposed to legal or demonstrable; as, a moral evidence; a moral certainty.

Moraladjective

Serving to teach or convey a moral; as, a moral lesson; moral tales.

Moralnoun

The doctrine or practice of the duties of life; manner of living as regards right and wrong; conduct; behavior; - usually in the plural.

‘Corrupt in their morals as vice could make them.’;

Moralnoun

The inner meaning or significance of a fable, a narrative, an occurrence, an experience, etc.; the practical lesson which anything is designed or fitted to teach; the doctrine meant to be inculcated by a fiction; a maxim.

‘Thus may we gather honey from the weed,And make a moral of the devil himself.’; ‘To point a moral, or adorn a tale.’; ‘We protest against the principle that the world of pure comedy is one into which no moral enters.’;

Moralnoun

A morality play. See Morality, 5.

Moralverb

To moralize.

Moralnoun

the significance of a story or event;

‘the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor’;

Moraladjective

relating to principles of right and wrong; i.e. to morals or ethics;

‘moral philosophy’;

Moraladjective

concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles;

‘moral sense’; ‘a moral scrutiny’; ‘a moral lesson’; ‘a moral quandary’; ‘moral convictions’; ‘a moral life’;

Moraladjective

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’;

Moraladjective

arising from the sense of right and wrong;

‘a moral obligation’;

Moraladjective

psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect;

‘a moral victory’; ‘moral support’;

Moraladjective

based on strong likelihood or firm conviction rather than actual evidence;

‘a moral certainty’;

Moral

A moral (from Latin morālis) is a message that is conveyed or a lesson to be learned from a story or event. The moral may be left to the hearer, reader, or viewer to determine for themselves, or may be explicitly encapsulated in a maxim.

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