ethics

[eth-iks]
plural noun
1.
(used with a singular or plural verb) a system of moral principles: the ethics of a culture.
2.
the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics; Christian ethics.
3.
moral principles, as of an individual: His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence.
4.
(usually used with a singular verb) that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English ethic + -s3, modeled on Greek tà ēthiká, neuter plural


2. See moral.
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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]

ethics (ˈɛθɪks)
 
n
1.  (functioning as singular) See also meta-ethics the philosophical study of the moral value of human conduct and of the rules and principles that ought to govern it; moral philosophy
2.  (functioning as plural) a social, religious, or civil code of behaviour considered correct, esp that of a particular group, profession, or individual
3.  (functioning as plural) the moral fitness of a decision, course of action, etc: he doubted the ethics of their verdict
 
'ethicist
 
n

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ethics
c.1600, "the science of morals," pl. of M.E. ethik "study of morals" (see ethic). The word also traces to Ta Ethika, title of Aristotle's work.

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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ethics definition


computer ethics

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Example sentences
Demonstrated high standards of ethics and integrity.
The authors are conflating the categories productive behaviour (relative to
  evolutionary success) and ethics.
Her work could throw fishing ethics into disarray.
His major contributions have come in ethics.
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