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deontology

[dee-on-tol-uh-jee] /ˌdi ɒnˈtɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
ethics, especially that branch dealing with duty, moral obligation, and right action.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Greek deont- that which is binding (stem of déon, neuter present participle of deîn to bind), equivalent to de- bind + -ont- present participle suffix + -o- + -logy
Related forms
deontological
[dee-on-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /diˌɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
deontologist, noun
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  • However, deontological constraints themselves prohibit such action.
British Dictionary definitions for deontological

deontological

/dɪˌɒntəˈlɒdʒɪkəl/
adjective
1.
(philosophy) (of an ethical theory) regarding obligation as deriving from reason or as residing primarily in certain specific rules of conduct rather than in the maximization of some good

deontology

/ˌdiːɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the branch of ethics dealing with duty, moral obligation, and moral commitment
Derived Forms
deontologist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Greek deon duty (see deontic) + -logy
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Word Origin and History for deontological

deontology

n.

science of moral duty, 1826, from Greek deont-, comb. form of deon "that which is binding, duty," neuter present participle of dei "is binding;" + -logia "discourse" (see -logy). Said to have been coined by Bentham. Related: Deontological.

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