eth·​i·​cist | \ ˈe-thə-sist How to pronounce ethicist (audio) \

Definition of ethicist

: a specialist in ethics

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To address possible ethical problems with its products, Element is hiring ethicists as fellows, to work alongside developers. Vauhini Vara, Fortune, "Can This Startup Break Big Tech’s Hold on A.I.?," 25 June 2018 Perhaps, some ethicists argue, DNA testing will create a society that further values certain types of children more than others. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Is It Ethical to Choose Your Baby’s Eye Color?," 2 Oct. 2018 The professional ethicists who now inhabit universities and think tanks love to bring up the Caesar’s wife standard. Bruce K. Chapman, WSJ, "Caesar’s Wife and the Politics of Destruction," 27 Sep. 2018 Perhaps, the ethicist suggested, the quality of public engagement and depth of community involvement in making decisions should also be considered. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Communities Raise Their Voices on Genetic Engineering," 27 July 2018 The right attention includes responsible media coverage, emphasizing not sensational details but rather the fact that mental illness is treatable and suicide is often preventable, a media ethicist said. USA TODAY, "Kaep wants Trump to testify," 7 June 2018 Yet benefits that come later, even years after a drug approval vote—jobs, money, professional prestige, and influence—are also fraught, ethicists say. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Medical ethicists, in part, judge the permissibility of a health care strike on the probable outcome, said Professor Cohen. Tim Mcdonnell, New York Times, "Surgery Lit by Cellphone: Togo Doctors Strike Over Deplorable Hospitals," 7 Apr. 2018 Yet some ethicists say such arguments are unconvincing, if not self-serving. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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eth·​i·​cist | \ ˈeth-ə-səst How to pronounce ethicist (audio) \

Medical Definition of ethicist

: one who specializes in or is very concerned about ethics now ethicists must confront the unsettling question of whether to set limits on scientific inquiry— Ricardo Sookdeo

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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