|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
|1.||a moral principle or set of moral values held by an individual or group: the Puritan ethic|
|2.||another word for ethical|
|[C15: from Latin ēthicus, from Greek éthikos, from ēthos custom; see |
|1.||(functioning as singular) See also meta-ethics the philosophical study of the moral value of human conduct and of the rules and principles that ought to govern it; moral philosophy|
|2.||(functioning as plural) a social, religious, or civil code of behaviour considered correct, esp that of a particular group, profession, or individual|
|3.||(functioning as plural) the moral fitness of a decision, course of action, etc: he doubted the ethics of their verdict|
ethics eth·ics (ěth'ĭks)
The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the conduct of the members of a profession.
The branch of philosophy that deals with morality. Ethics is concerned with distinguishing between good and evil in the world, between right and wrong human actions, and between virtuous and nonvirtuous characteristics of people.