ethical

adjective
eth·​i·​cal | \ ˈe-thi-kəl How to pronounce ethical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly ethic \ ˈe-​thik How to pronounce ethic (audio) \

Definition of ethical

1 : of or relating to ethics ethical theories
2 : involving or expressing moral approval or disapproval ethical judgments
3 : conforming to accepted standards of conduct ethical behavior
4 of a drug : restricted to sale only on a doctor's prescription

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Other Words from ethical

ethicality \ ˌe-​thə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce ethicality (audio) \ noun
ethically \ ˈe-​thi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ethically (audio) \ adverb
ethicalness \ ˈe-​thi-​kəl-​nəs How to pronounce ethicalness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of ethical in a Sentence

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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Of course, the premium materials and innovative silhouettes aren’t going anywhere, nor will the brand move away from its ethical principles. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Chromat Turns 10 With a Push Toward a New Kind of Inclusivity," 7 Sep. 2019 And there are ethical issues, which, as King acknowledges, Boas and his students were mostly oblivious of. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How Cultural Anthropologists Redefined Humanity," 19 Aug. 2019 These committees provide clinical papers and information, facilitate consultations between physicians, make presentations, clarify ethical issues, and arrange for pastoral care, according to the website. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Here are 6 things to know about the 40K Jehovah's Witnesses coming to Phoenix," 9 Aug. 2019 On changing the focus of compliance at Novartis: Novartis is in the midst of revamping its corporate culture, with the goal of encouraging employees to make better decisions based on ethical principles rather than formal rules, Mr. Kendris said. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Novartis, Volkswagen Focus on Improving Culture Following Compliance Setbacks," 12 Mar. 2019 In the music of Beethoven, there is such an ethical, moral integrity … and power and sufferance. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO conductor Riccardo Muti on the strike and his future: ‘What the world knows about the Chicago Symphony is still maybe … taken for granted’," 10 Sep. 2019 This is a moral, ethical, generational and highly personal question. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde10: Ten questions on Miami Dolphins tank job," 1 Sep. 2019 Yet, companies focus on building products without considering ethical issues beyond privacy. Greses Perez, The Mercury News, "Opinion: How technology discriminates against half of our population," 16 Aug. 2019 As the researchers note, the allocators have an ethical and, in many contexts, legal requirement to find their clients the best returns possible. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Investment managers don’t understand how to rate funds managed by black people," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of ethical

circa 1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ethical

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

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ethical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ethical

: involving questions of right and wrong behavior : relating to ethics
: following accepted rules of behavior : morally right and good

ethical

adjective
eth·​i·​cal | \ ˈe-thi-kəl How to pronounce ethical (audio) \

Kids Definition of ethical

1 : involving questions of right and wrong : relating to ethics ethical issues
2 : following accepted rules of behavior We expect ethical treatment of animals.

ethical

adjective
eth·​i·​cal | \ ˈeth-i-kəl How to pronounce ethical (audio) \
variants: also ethic \ -​ik How to pronounce ethic (audio) \

Medical Definition of ethical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : conforming to accepted professional standards of conduct
2 of a drug : restricted to sale only on a doctor's prescription

Other Words from ethical

ethically \ ˈeth-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ethically (audio) \ adverb

ethical

noun

Medical Definition of ethical (Entry 2 of 2)

: an ethical drug

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ethical

adjective
eth·​i·​cal | \ ˈe-thi-kəl How to pronounce ethical (audio) \

Legal Definition of ethical

1 : of or relating to ethics
2 : conforming to accepted professional standards of conduct

Other Words from ethical

ethically adverb

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