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ETHICS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ethics mean? 

ETHICS (noun)
  The noun ETHICS has 2 senses:

1. motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
2. the philosophical study of moral values and rules

  Familiarity information: ETHICS used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ETHICS (noun)


Sense 1ethics [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Motivation based on ideas of right and wrong

Classified under:

Nouns denoting goals

Synonyms:

ethical motive; ethics; morals; morality

Hypernyms ("ethics" is a kind of...):

motivation; motive; need (the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ethics"):

hedonism (the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle)

conscience; moral sense; scruples; sense of right and wrong (motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions)

Christ Within; Inner Light; Light; Light Within (a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul)


Sense 2ethics [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The philosophical study of moral values and rules

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

moral philosophy; ethics

Hypernyms ("ethics" is a kind of...):

philosophy (the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics)

Domain member category:

egoism ((ethics) the theory that the pursuit of your own welfare in the basis of morality)

descriptivism ((ethics) a doctrine holding that moral statements have a truth value)

prescriptivism ((ethics) a doctrine holding that moral statements prescribe appropriate attitudes and behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ethics"):

bioethics (the branch of ethics that studies moral values in the biomedical sciences)

casuistry (moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas)

endaemonism; eudemonism (an ethical system that evaluates actions by reference to personal well-being through a life based on reason)

hedonism (an ethical system that evaluates the pursuit of pleasure as the highest good)


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