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MORAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does moral mean? 

MORAL (noun)
  The noun MORAL has 1 sense:

1. the significance of a story or event

  Familiarity information: MORAL used as a noun is very rare.


MORAL (adjective)
  The adjective MORAL has 5 senses:

1. relating to principles of right and wrong; i.e. to morals or ethics
2. concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
3. adhering to ethical and moral principles
4. arising from the sense of right and wrong
5. psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect

  Familiarity information: MORAL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


MORAL (noun)


Sense 1moral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The significance of a story or event

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

moral; lesson

Context example:

the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor

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

import; meaning; significance; signification (the message that is intended or expressed or signified)


MORAL (adjective)


Sense 1moral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to principles of right and wrong; i.e. to morals or ethics

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

moral philosophy

Pertainym:

morals (motivation based on ideas of right and wrong)


Sense 2moral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles

Context examples:

moral sense / a moral scrutiny / a moral lesson / a moral quandary / moral convictions / a moral life

Similar:

incorrupt (free of corruption or immorality)

righteous (morally justified)

moralistic (narrowly and conventionally moral)

clean; clean-living (morally pure)

chaste (abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse)

Also:

honorable; honourable (worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect)

good (morally admirable)

chaste (morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse))

righteous (characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice)

virtuous (morally excellent)

Attribute:

morality (concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct)

Antonym:

amoral (lacking any sense of moral standards or principles)

immoral (deliberately violating accepted principles of right and wrong)


Sense 3moral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Adhering to ethical and moral principles

Synonyms:

ethical; moral; honourable; 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)


Sense 4moral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Arising from the sense of right and wrong

Context example:

a moral obligation

Similar:

conscientious (guided by or in accordance with conscience or sense of right and wrong)


Sense 5moral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect

Context examples:

a moral victory / moral support

Similar:

mental (involving the mind or an intellectual process)


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