pertaining to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong in conduct.
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.
(of drugs) sold only upon medical prescription.

1600–10; ethic + -al1

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

2. moral, upright, honest, righteous, virtuous, honorable.

2. immoral. Unabridged
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ethical (ˈɛθɪkəl)
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

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from ethic + -al. Related: Ethicality; ethically.
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ethical eth·i·cal (ěth'ĭ-kəl)

  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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Example sentences
To me, targeted hunts are ethically similar to the destruction of habits for
It doesn't make sense in any way: economically, environmentally, or ethically.
Of course, that doesn't mean it's impossible for a bank to act in an ethically
  reprehensible way.
Countervailing ethical demands also keep us from acting ethically.
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