ethic
noun Etymology: Middle English ethik, from Middle French ethique, from Latin ethice, from Greek ēthikē, from ēthikos Date: 14th century 1. plural but singular or plural in construction the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation 2. a. a set of moral principles ; a theory or system of moral values <
the present-day materialistic ethic
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<
an old-fashioned work ethic
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— often used in plural but sing. or plural in constr. <
an elaborate ethics
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<
Christian ethics
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b. plural but singular or plural in construction the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group <
professional ethics
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c. a guiding philosophy d. a consciousness of moral importance <
forge a conservation ethic
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3. plural a set of moral issues or aspects (as rightness) <
debated the ethics of human cloning
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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