ethical

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adjective eth·i·cal \ˈe-thi-kəl\

Definition of ethical

  1. 1 :  of or relating to ethics <ethical theories>

  2. 2 :  involving or expressing moral approval or disapproval <ethical judgments>

  3. 3 :  conforming to accepted standards of conduct <ethical behavior>

  4. 4 of a drug :  restricted to sale only on a doctor's prescription

ethicality

play \ˌe-thə-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun

ethically

play \ˈe-thi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

ethicalness

play \-kəl-nəs\ noun

Examples of ethical in a sentence

  1. Some doctors feel that this procedure is not medically ethical.

  2. <the ethical behavior expected of every member of the police force>

Variants of ethical

less commonly

ethic

play \-thik\

Origin and Etymology of ethical

Middle English etik, from Latin ethicus, from Greek ēthikos, from ēthos character — more at sib


First Known Use: 1588

Synonym Discussion of ethical

moral, ethical, virtuous, righteous, noble mean conforming to a standard of what is right and good. moral implies conformity to established sanctioned codes or accepted notions of right and wrong <the basic moral values of a community>. ethical may suggest the involvement of more difficult or subtle questions of rightness, fairness, or equity <committed to the highest ethical principles>. virtuous implies moral excellence in character <not a religious person, but virtuous nevertheless>. righteous stresses guiltlessness or blamelessness and often suggests the sanctimonious <wished to be righteous before God and the world>. noble implies moral eminence and freedom from anything petty, mean, or dubious in conduct and character <had the noblest of reasons for seeking office>.

ETHICAL Defined for English Language Learners

ethical

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adjective eth·i·cal \ˈe-thi-kəl\

Definition of ethical for English Language Learners

  • : involving questions of right and wrong behavior : relating to ethics

  • : following accepted rules of behavior : morally right and good


ETHICAL Defined for Kids

ethical

play
adjective eth·i·cal \ˈe-thi-kəl\

Definition of ethical for Students

  1. 1 :  involving questions of right and wrong :  relating to ethics <ethical issues>

  2. 2 :  following accepted rules of behavior <We expect ethical treatment of animals.>


Medical Dictionary

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ethical

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adjective eth·i·cal \ˈeth-i-kəl\

Medical Definition of ethical

  1. 1:  conforming to accepted professional standards of conduct

  2. 2of a drug :  restricted to sale only on a doctor's prescription

ethically

\ˈeth-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb

Variants of ethical

also

ethic

\-ik\play

2

ethical

noun eth·i·cal

Medical Definition of ethical

  1. :  an ethical drug


Law Dictionary

ethical

play
adjective eth·i·cal \ˈe-thi-kəl\

Legal Definition of ethical

  1. 1 :  of or relating to ethics

  2. 2 :  conforming to accepted professional standards of conduct

ethically

adverb


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