Definition of Ethical

1. Adjective. Of or relating to the philosophical study of ethics. "Ethical theories"

Partainyms: Ethics
Derivative terms: Ethics

2. Adjective. Conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior. "Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants"
Also: Right
Derivative terms: Ethics
Antonyms: Unethical

3. Adjective. Adhering to ethical and moral principles. "Followed the only honorable course of action"
Exact synonyms: Honorable, Honourable
Similar to: Right
Derivative terms: Ethics, Honorableness, Honourableness

Definition of Ethical

1. Adjective. (context: philosophy not comparable) Of or relating to the study of ethics. ¹

2. Adjective. (not comparable) Of or relating to the accepted principles of right and wrong, especially those of some organization or profession. ¹

3. Adjective. (comparable) Morally approvable, when referring to an action that affects others; good. ¹

4. Adjective. (context: of a drug not comparable) Only dispensed on the prescription of a physician. ¹

5. Noun. An ethical drug. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ethical

1. a drug sold by prescription only [n -S]

Medical Definition of Ethical

1. Relating to ethics; in conformity with the rules governing personal and professional conduct. (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Ethical

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1. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"There are two main sources from which .ethical theories are derived : (i) direct reflection on ... ethical doctrine is almost always drawn from both sources ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"ethical of Yahweh is his name and his being as Content of God of Israel and of ... and since this being is regarded as ethical in essence, the conception of ..."

3. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1896)
"Mrs. Bryant's Essays are grouped under the heads ' ethical' and ' Educational. ... The ethical essays carry educational implications throughout, ..."

4. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"There are two main sources from which ethical theories are derived : (i) direct ... ethical doctrine is almost always drawn from both sources ; but the ..."

5. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1898)
"Professor Mackenzie's excellent book is not meant to be exhaustive, and yet it touches on every aspect of the ethical question, discussing the several ..."

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