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[met-uh-eth-iks, met-uh-eth-] /ˌmɛt əˈɛθ ɪks, ˈmɛt əˌɛθ-/
noun, (usually used with a singular verb)
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.
1945-50; meta- + ethics
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metaethical, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Surely that is the whole point of turning to justification, of doing metaethics.
  • His main work is in metaethics and practical reason.
Encyclopedia Article for 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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