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  • adj. of or pertaining to virtue or excellence.


From Ancient Greek ἀρετή (aretē, "virtue or excellence") (Wiktionary)


  • A difficulty with an aretaic approach to the reasonable person standard is that this standard seems too demanding.

    Legal Theory Blog

  • In other words, deontology falls within the domain of moral theories that guide and assess our choices of what we ought to do (deontic theories), in contrast to (aretaic [virtue] theories) that ” fundamentally, at least ” guide and assess what kind of person (in terms of character traits) we are and should be.

    Deontological Ethics

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  • adj. Related to the concept of virtue.

    July 17, 2008