deontologist

deontology

[dee-on-tol-uh-jee]
noun
ethics, especially that branch dealing with duty, moral obligation, and right action.

Origin:
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

deontological [dee-on-tl-oj-i-kuhl] , adjective
deontologist, noun
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deontology (ˌdiːɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
the branch of ethics dealing with duty, moral obligation, and moral commitment
 
[C19: from Greek deon duty (see deontic) + -logy]
 
deon'tologist
 
n

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deontology
1826, from Gk. deont-, comb. form of deon "that which is binding, duty," neut. prp. of dei "is binding;" + -logia "discourse" (see -logy). Related: Deontological (1832).
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