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ethical

[eth-i-kuh l] /ˈɛθ ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong in conduct.
2.
being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice, especially the standards of a profession:
It was not considered ethical for physicians to advertise.
3.
(of drugs) sold only upon medical prescription.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; ethic + -al1
Related forms
ethically, adverb
ethicality, ethicalness, noun
hyperethical, adjective
hyperethically, adverb
nonethical, adjective
nonethically, adverb
nonethicalness, noun
pseudoethical, adjective
pseudoethically, adverb
superethical, adjective
superethically, adverb
unethical, adjective
Synonyms
2. moral, upright, honest, righteous, virtuous, honorable.
Antonyms
2. immoral.
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  • Participants described three dimensions of professional ethicality: regulatory, situated, and collective.
British Dictionary definitions for ethicality

ethical

/ˈɛθɪkəl/
adjective
1.
in accordance with principles of conduct that are considered correct, esp those of a given profession or group
2.
of or relating to ethics
3.
(of a medicinal agent) available legally only with a doctor's prescription or consent
Derived Forms
ethically, adverb
ethicalness, ethicality, noun
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Word Origin and History for ethicality

ethical

adj.

c.1600, "pertaining to morality," from ethic + -al (1). Related: Ethicality; ethically.

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ethicality in Medicine

ethical eth·i·cal (ěth'ĭ-kəl)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or dealing with ethics.

  2. Being in accordance with the accepted principles of right and wrong that govern the conduct of a profession.

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