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ethic

[eth-ik]
noun
1.
the body of moral principles or values governing or distinctive of a particular culture or group: the Christian ethic; the tribal ethic of the Zuni.
2.
a complex of moral precepts held or rules of conduct followed by an individual: a personal ethic.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English ethic, etic < Latin ēthicus < Greek ēthikós, equivalent to êth(os) ethos + -ikos -ic

nonethic, adjective
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ethic (ˈɛθɪk)
 
n
1.  a moral principle or set of moral values held by an individual or group: the Puritan ethic
 
adj
2.  another word for ethical
 
[C15: from Latin ēthicus, from Greek éthikos, from ēthos custom; see ethos]

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ethic
late 14c., ethik "study of morals," from O.Fr. ethique, from L.L. ethica, from Gk. ethike philosophia "moral philosophy," fem. of ethikos "ethical," from ethos "moral character," related to ethos "custom" (see ethos). Meaning "a person's moral principles," attested from 1650s.
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ethics eth·ics (ěth'ĭks)
n.
The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the conduct of the members of a profession.

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ethics definition


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.

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