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ETHICAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ethical mean? 

ETHICAL (adjective)
  The adjective ETHICAL has 3 senses:

1. of or relating to the philosophical study of ethics
2. conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior
3. adhering to ethical and moral principles

  Familiarity information: ETHICAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ETHICAL (adjective)


Sense 1ethical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the philosophical study of ethics

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

ethical codes / ethical theories

Pertainym:

ethics (the philosophical study of moral values and rules)


Sense 2ethical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior

Context examples:

an ethical lawyer / ethical medical practice / an ethical problem / had no ethical objection to drinking / Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants

Also:

right (in conformance with justice or law or morality)

Antonym:

unethical (not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior)


Sense 3ethical [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adhering to ethical and moral principles

Synonyms:

ethical; honourable; moral; honorable

Context examples:

it seems ethical and right / followed the only honorable course of action / had the moral courage to stand alone

Similar:

right (in conformance with justice or law or morality)


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