I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin moralis, from mor-, mos custom Date: 14th century 1. a. of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior ; ethical <
moral judgments
b. expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior <
a moral poem
c. conforming to a standard of right behavior d. sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment <
a moral obligation
e. capable of right and wrong action <
a moral agent
2. probable though not proved ; virtual <
a moral certainty
3. perceptual or psychological rather than tangible or practical in nature or effect <
a moral victory
moral support
morally adverb Synonyms: moral, ethical, virtuous, righteous, noble mean conforming to a standard of what is right and good. moral implies conformity to established sanctioned codes or accepted notions of right and wrong <
the basic moral values of a community
. ethical may suggest the involvement of more difficult or subtle questions of rightness, fairness, or equity <
committed to the highest ethical principles
. virtuous implies moral excellence in character <
not a religious person, but virtuous nevertheless
. righteous stresses guiltlessness or blamelessness and often suggests the sanctimonious <
wished to be righteous before God and the world
. noble implies moral eminence and freedom from anything petty, mean, or dubious in conduct and character <
had the noblest of reasons for seeking office
. II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. the moral significance or practical lesson (as of a story) b. a passage pointing out usually in conclusion the lesson to be drawn from a story 2. plural a. moral practices or teachings ; modes of conduct b. ethics 3. morale

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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