variants or less commonly ethic
: involving or expressing moral approval or disapproval
: conforming to accepted standards of conduct
of a drug : restricted to sale only on a doctor's prescription
Some doctors feel that this procedure is not medically ethical. the ethical behavior expected of every member of the police force
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