[met-uh-eth-iks, met-uh-eth-]
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

metaethical, adjective Unabridged
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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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Example sentences
Surely that is the whole point of turning to justification, of doing metaethics.
His main work is in metaethics and practical reason.
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