de·​on·​tic | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈän-tik How to pronounce deontic (audio) \

Definition of deontic

: of or relating to moral obligation : deontological

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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, "The Art of Lying," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of deontic

1951, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deontic

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

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“Deontic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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