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metaethics

[met-uh-eth-iks, met-uh-eth-] /ˌmɛt əˈɛθ ɪks, ˈmɛt əˌɛθ-/
noun, (usually used with a singular verb)
1.
the philosophy of ethics dealing with the meaning of ethical terms, the nature of moral discourse, and the foundations of moral principles.
Also, meta-ethics.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; meta- + ethics
Related forms
metaethical, adjective
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metaethics

the subdiscipline of ethics concerned with determining the nature of moral concepts and judgments largely through the analysis of the logical and semantic aspects of moral language.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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