also ethic adjective Etymology: Middle English etik, from Latin ethicus, from Greek ēthikos, from ēthos character — more at sib Date: 1588 1. of or relating to ethics <
ethical theories
2. involving or expressing moral approval or disapproval <
ethical judgments
3. conforming to accepted standards of conduct <
ethical behavior
4. of a drug restricted to sale only on a doctor's prescription Synonyms: see moralethicality nounethically adverbethicalness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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