Definition of Ethical motive
1. Noun. Motivation based on ideas of right and wrong.
Generic synonyms: Motivation, Motive, Need
Specialized synonyms: Hedonism, Conscience, Moral Sense, Scruples, Sense Of Right And Wrong, Christ Within, Inner Light, Light, Light Within
Derivative terms: Ethical, Ethical, Ethician, Ethicist, Moralistic
Lexicographical Neighbors of Ethical Motive
Literary usage of Ethical motive
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Democracy and Empire: With Studies of Their Psychological, Economic, and by Franklin Henry Giddings (1912)
"If I have rightly described the ethical motive, it is possible to see with much clearness what teaching and what activity are necessary for ethical culture, ..."
2. The Christian Platonists of Alexandria: Eight Lectures Preached Before the by Charles Bigg (1886)
"The interest, the meaning, of Gnosticism rest entirely upon its ethical motive. It was an attempt, a serious attempt, to fathom the dread mystery of sorrow ..."
3. Beacon Lights of History by John Lord (1896)
"... his historic sense and love for England's legendary past, and achieves his design not only to glorify it, but to imbue it with a deep ethical motive and ..."
4. The Ethical Aspects of Evolution Regarded as the Parallel Growth of Opposite by William Benett (1908)
"The same is true of the next apparent inference: the ethical motive, if one were represented as a means to the other, would be either love of country or ..."
5. The Republic of God: An Institute of Theology by Elisha Mulford (1881)
"There has been a recent controversy as to the ethical motive of the Christ; for instance, was it faithfulness to an ideal; or conformity to a principle of ..."