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situation ethics

a view of ethics that deprecates general moral principles while emphasizing the source of moral judgments in the distinctive characters of specific situations.
Origin of situation ethics
translation of German situationsethik (1950) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Throughout society, clear-cut distinctions between morally right and wrong are being replaced by situation ethics.

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