noun mo·ral·i·ty \mə-ˈra-lə-tē, m-\

: beliefs about what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior

: the degree to which something is right and good : the moral goodness or badness of something

plural mo·ral·i·ties

Full Definition of MORALITY

a :  a moral discourse, statement, or lesson
b :  a literary or other imaginative work teaching a moral lesson
a :  a doctrine or system of moral conduct
b plural :  particular moral principles or rules of conduct
:  conformity to ideals of right human conduct
:  moral conduct :  virtue

Examples of MORALITY

  1. The group is calling for a return to traditional morality.
  2. two groups with clashing moralities
  3. The decision may be legally justified, but I question its morality.

First Known Use of MORALITY

14th century

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism
MORALITIES Defined for Kids


noun mo·ral·i·ty \mə-ˈra-lə-tē\
plural mo·ral·i·ties

Definition of MORALITY for Kids

:  the quality or fact of being in agreement with ideals of right behavior <We discussed the morality of lying so a person's feelings aren't hurt.>
:  beliefs about what kind of behavior is good or bad <A society's morality may change.>


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