Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The science of right conduct and character; the science which treats of the nature and grounds of moral obligation and of the rules which ought to determine conduct in accordance with this obligation; the doctrine of man's duty in respect to himself and the rights of others.
  • noun The whole of the moral sciences; natural jurisprudence.
  • noun A particular system of principles and rules concerning moral obligations and regard for the rights of others, whether true or false; rules of practice in respect to a single class of human actions and duties: as, social ethics; medical ethics.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The science of human duty; the body of rules of duty drawn from this science; a particular system of principles and rules concerting duty, whether true or false; rules of practice in respect to a single class of human actions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun philosophy The study of principles relating to right and wrong conduct.
  • noun Morality.
  • noun The standards that govern the conduct of a person, especially a member of a profession.

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

  • noun motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
  • noun the philosophical study of moral values and rules

Etymologies

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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").

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  • The term ethics is the most ancient, as dating from Aristotle himself; ēthos, radically related to ethos, from the root ezō, “to set” and

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  • It is evident at once that according to these definitions ethics is something entirely other than what is usually understood thereby in the scientific world; and it involves not a little courage to undertake to justify the applying of the term ethics to this extensive field.

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  • "Copernican revolution in philosophy", as he termed it: the most fundamental revolution in the whole history of epistemology; and his ethics is the most important one since Aristotle's.

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