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ethic

[eth-ik] /ˈɛθ ɪk/
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
1350-1400; Middle English ethic, etic < Latin ēthicus < Greek ēthikós, equivalent to êth(os) ethos + -ikos -ic
Related forms
nonethic, adjective
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ethic

/ˈɛθɪk/
noun
1.
a moral principle or set of moral values held by an individual or group: the Puritan ethic
adjective
2.
another word for ethical
See also ethics
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ēthicus, from Greek éthikos, from ēthos custom; see ethos
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Word Origin and History for nonethic

ethic

n.

late 14c., ethik "study of morals," from Old French etique (13c.), from Late Latin ethica, from Greek ethike philosophia "moral philosophy," fem. of ethikos "ethical," from ethos "moral character," related to ethos "custom" (see ethos). Meaning "a person's moral principles" is attested from 1650s.

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