Moral
Moral Mor"al, a. [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct.] 1. Relating to duty or obligation; pertaining to those intentions and actions of which right and wrong, virtue and vice, are predicated, or to the rules by which such intentions and actions ought to be directed; relating to the practice, manners, or conduct of men as social beings in relation to each other, as respects right and wrong, so far as they are properly subject to rules. [1913 Webster]

Keep at the least within the compass of moral actions, which have in them vice or virtue. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

Mankind is broken loose from moral bands. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

She had wandered without rule or guidance in a moral wilderness. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

2. Conformed to accepted rules of right; acting in conformity with such rules; virtuous; just; as, a moral man. Used sometimes in distinction from religious; as, a moral rather than a religious life. [1913 Webster]

The wiser and more moral part of mankind. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

3. Capable of right and wrong action or of being governed by a sense of right; subject to the law of duty. [1913 Webster]

A moral agent is a being capable of those actions that have a moral quality, and which can properly be denominated good or evil in a moral sense. --J. Edwards. [1913 Webster]

4. Acting upon or through one's moral nature or sense of right, or suited to act in such a manner; as, a moral arguments; moral considerations. Sometimes opposed to {material} and {physical}; as, moral pressure or support. [1913 Webster]

5. Supported by reason or probability; practically sufficient; -- opposed to {legal} or {demonstrable}; as, a moral evidence; a moral certainty. [1913 Webster]

6. Serving to teach or convey a moral; as, a moral lesson; moral tales. [1913 Webster]

{Moral agent}, a being who is capable of acting with reference to right and wrong.

{Moral certainty}, a very high degree or probability, although not demonstrable as a certainty; a probability of so high a degree that it can be confidently acted upon in the affairs of life; as, there is a moral certainty of his guilt.

{Moral insanity}, insanity, so called, of the moral system; badness alleged to be irresponsible.

{Moral philosophy}, the science of duty; the science which treats of the nature and condition of man as a moral being, of the duties which result from his moral relations, and the reasons on which they are founded.

{Moral play}, an allegorical play; a morality. [Obs.]

{Moral sense}, the power of moral judgment and feeling; the capacity to perceive what is right or wrong in moral conduct, and to approve or disapprove, independently of education or the knowledge of any positive rule or law.

{Moral theology}, theology applied to morals; practical theology; casuistry. [1913 Webster]


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