Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A set of principles of right conduct.
  • n. A theory or a system of moral values: "An ethic of service is at war with a craving for gain” ( Gregg Easterbrook).
  • n. The study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by a person; moral philosophy.
  • n. The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession: medical ethics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Moral, relating to morals.
  • n. a set of principles of right and wrong behaviour guiding, or representative of, a specific culture, society, group, or individual.
  • n. the morality of an action

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, or belonging to, morals; treating of the moral feelings or duties; containing percepts of morality; moral
  • n. the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group.
  • n. a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as ethical.
  • n. Same as ethics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct
  • n. the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group

Etymologies

Middle English ethik, from Old French ethique (from Late Latin ēthica, from Greek ēthika, ethics) and from Latin ēthicē (from Greek ēthikē), both from Greek ēthikos, ethical, from ēthos, character; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French ethique, from Late Latin ethica, from Ancient Greek ἠθική (ēthike), from ἠθικός (ēthikos, "of or for morals, moral, expressing character"), from ἦθος (ēthos, "character, moral nature"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Used as a misspelling of "ethnic."

    May 6, 2009