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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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British Dictionary definitions for deontologist

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 deontologist

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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