de·​on·​tic (ˌ)dē-ˈän-tik How to pronounce deontic (audio)
: of or relating to moral obligation : deontological

Examples of deontic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One is deontic reasoning: the ability to recognize and understand social rules and what happens when the rules are transgressed. Theodor Schaarschmidt, Scientific American, 11 July 2018

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deontic was in 1951

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Cite this Entry

“Deontic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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