morality

[muh-ral-i-tee, maw-]
noun, plural moralities for 4–6.
1.
conformity to the rules of right conduct; moral or virtuous conduct.
2.
moral quality or character.
3.
virtue in sexual matters; chastity.
4.
a doctrine or system of morals.
5.
moral instruction; a moral lesson, precept, discourse, or utterance.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English moralite < Late Latin mōrālitās. See moral, -ity

antimorality, adjective
hypermorality, noun
premorality, noun


1. See goodness.
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morality (məˈrælɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the quality of being moral
2.  conformity, or degree of conformity, to conventional standards of moral conduct
3.  a system of moral principles
4.  an instruction or lesson in morals
5.  short for morality play

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morality
late 14c., "moral qualities," from O.Fr. moralité, from L.L. moralitatem (nom. moralitas) "manner, character," from L. moralis (see moral (adj.)). Meaning "goodness" is attested from 1590s.
"Where there is no free agency, there can be no morality. Where there is no temptation, there can be little claim to virtue. Where the routine is rigorously proscribed by law, the law, and not the man, must have the credit of the conduct." [William H. Prescott, "History of the Conquest of Peru," 1847]
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That fact makes morality just as fascinating as if it had a transcendent source.
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