Definitions for: Ethic


[n] the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group; "the Puritan ethic"; "a person with old-fashioned values"
[n] a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct



Webster (1913) Definition: Eth"ic, Ethical Eth"ic*al, a. [L. ethicus, Gr. ?, fr.
? custom, usage, character, dwelling; akin to ? custom, Goth.
sidus, G. sitte, Skr. svadh?, prob. orig., one's own doing;
sva self + dh? to set: cf. F. ['e]thique. See So, Do.]
Of, or belonging to, morals; treating of the moral feelings
or duties; containing percepts of morality; moral; as, ethic
discourses or epistles; an ethical system; ethical
philosophy.

The ethical meaning of the miracles. --Trench.

Ethical dative (Gram.), a use of the dative of a pronoun to
signify that the person or thing spoken of is regarded
with interest by some one; as, Quid mihi Celsus agit? How
does my friend Celsus do?

Synonyms: ethical code, moral principle, value orientation, value-system

See Also: Chartism, double standard, precept, principle, principle, system, system of rules

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