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deontic

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adjective de·on·tic \(ˌ)dē-ˈän-tik\

Definition of deontic

  1. :  of or relating to moral obligation :  deontological



Origin of deontic

Greek deont-, deon that which is obligatory, from neuter of present participle of dein to lack, be needful — more at deuter-


First Known Use: 1951

Rhymes with deontic


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