work ethic

noun
a belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character.

Origin:
1950–55

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work ethic
 
n
a belief in the moral value of work (often in the phrase Protestant work ethic)

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Example sentences
He wants to help the poor that don't have work ethics.
They have low divorce rates, arduous work ethics and strict codes to regulate
  their kids.
Students develop employability skills, work ethics, and leadership abilities.
And demonstrates good work ethics, such as reliable attendance, quality work
  and responsibility.
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