Definition of Ethics

1. Noun. Motivation based on ideas of right and wrong.




2. Noun. The philosophical study of moral values and rules.
Exact synonyms: Moral Philosophy
Examples of category: Egoism, Descriptivism, Prescriptivism
Generic synonyms: Philosophy
Specialized synonyms: Bioethics, Casuistry, Endaemonism, Eudemonism, Hedonism
Derivative terms: Ethical, Ethician, Ethicist

Definition of Ethics

1. n. 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; as, political or social ethics; medical ethics.

Definition of Ethics

1. Noun. (philosophy) The study of principles relating to right and wrong conduct. ¹

2. Noun. Morality. ¹

3. Noun. The standards that govern the conduct of a person, especially a member of a profession. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ethics

1. ethic [n] - See also: ethic

Medical Definition of Ethics

1. The philosophy or code pertaining to what is ideal in human character and conduct. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ethics

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Literary usage of Ethics

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"With the aid of the truths laid down in logic and metaphysics, ethics proceeds to ... Thus the proper method of ethics is at once speculative and empirical; ..."

2. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1914)
"ethics. Anglo-Saxon tendency to regard intelligence as Immoral. Cur. Opinion. 56: 39-40. ... ethics —Continued. Morality in fiction and some recent novels. ..."

3. The Moral Law: Or, The Theory and Practice of Duty; an Ethical Text-book by Edward John Hamilton (1902)
"A more explicit definition of ethics.—6. This science is divided into the ... Duty ethics.—9. The fundamental question of ethics has not yet been clearly ..."

4. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham (1823)
"Private ethics teaches how each man may dispose himself to pursue the course most conducive to his own happiness, by means of such motives as offer of ..."

5. The Elements of Moral Science by Francis Wayland (1856)
"THEORETICAL ethics. CHAPTER FIRST. OF THE ORIGIN OF OUR NOTION OF THE ... ethics, or Moral Philosophy, is the Science of Moral Law. The first question which ..."

6. A Study of Ethical Principles by James Seth (1905)
"ethics is the science of morality or conduct. ... In the same spirit Aristotle says that the task of ethics is the investigation of the peculiar and ..."

7. Moral Values: A Study of the Principles of Conduct by Walter Goodnow Everett (1918)
"The question may be answered in a preliminary way by the statement that the field of ethics is the field of conduct. But as all conduct is not commonly ..."

8. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"With the aid of the truths laid down in logic and metaphysics, ethics proceeds to ... Thus the proper method of ethics is at once speculative and empirical; ..."

9. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1914)
"ethics. Anglo-Saxon tendency to regard intelligence as Immoral. Cur. Opinion. 56: 39-40. ... ethics —Continued. Morality in fiction and some recent novels. ..."

10. The Moral Law: Or, The Theory and Practice of Duty; an Ethical Text-book by Edward John Hamilton (1902)
"A more explicit definition of ethics.—6. This science is divided into the ... Duty ethics.—9. The fundamental question of ethics has not yet been clearly ..."

11. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham (1823)
"Private ethics teaches how each man may dispose himself to pursue the course most conducive to his own happiness, by means of such motives as offer of ..."

12. The Elements of Moral Science by Francis Wayland (1856)
"THEORETICAL ethics. CHAPTER FIRST. OF THE ORIGIN OF OUR NOTION OF THE ... ethics, or Moral Philosophy, is the Science of Moral Law. The first question which ..."

13. A Study of Ethical Principles by James Seth (1905)
"ethics is the science of morality or conduct. ... In the same spirit Aristotle says that the task of ethics is the investigation of the peculiar and ..."

14. Moral Values: A Study of the Principles of Conduct by Walter Goodnow Everett (1918)
"The question may be answered in a preliminary way by the statement that the field of ethics is the field of conduct. But as all conduct is not commonly ..."

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