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

  • n. A set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence.

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  • n. The value that one ought to work hard at one's job or duties
  • n. The tendency to work hard at one's job or duties


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  • When pressed, many blacks will express a grudging admiration for Latino immigrants-for their strong work ethic and commitment to family, their willingness to start at the bottom and make the most of what little they have.

    The Audacity of Hope

  • As recently as 1999, the black unemployment rate fell to record lows and black income rose to record highs not because of a surge in affirmative action hiring or a sudden change in the black work ethic but because the economy was booming and government took a few modest measures-like the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit-to spread the wealth around.

    The Audacity of Hope


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