Ethics
Ethics Eth"ics ([e^]th"[i^]ks), n. [Cf. F. ['e]thique. See {Ethic}.] The science of human duty; the body of rules of duty drawn from this science; a particular system of principles and rules concerting duty, whether true or false; rules of practice in respect to a single class of human actions; as, political or social ethics; medical ethics. [1913 Webster]

The completeness and consistency of its morality is the peculiar praise of the ethics which the Bible has taught. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]


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  • ethics — the science of morals, c.1600, plural of M.E. ethik study of morals (see ETHIC (Cf. ethic)). The word also traces to Ta Ethika, title of Aristotle s work …   Etymology dictionary

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  • ethics — [eth′iks] n. 1. the study of standards of conduct and moral judgment; moral philosophy 2. a treatise on this study 3. [with sing. or pl. v.] the system or code of morals of a particular person, religion, group, profession, etc …   English World dictionary

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