eth·​i·​cist ˈe-thə-sist How to pronounce ethicist (audio)
: a specialist in ethics

Examples of ethicist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some neuroscientists and ethicists have criticized Neuralink’s previous lack of transparency around the trial. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 20 Mar. 2024 In The Whiteness of AI, technology ethicist Stephen Cave and science communication researcher Kanta Dihal discuss racial bias in AI and robotics and note the preponderance of stock images online of robots with reflective white surfaces. Mark Paterson, The Conversation, 26 Jan. 2024 Many digital ethicists worry that self-regulation won’t work. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Feb. 2024 Crunching the numbers Environmental ethicists debate how to quantify an individual’s impact on the environment, especially their lifetime carbon emissions. Trevor Hedberg, The Conversation, 15 Feb. 2024 Medical experts and ethicists interviewed by The Times said that, while more data is needed, modern studies support the efficacy of gender-affirming care. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2024 His multidisciplinary team of doctors – including geriatricians and neurologists, physical and occupational therapists, ethicists and lawyers – built a comprehensive, objective evaluation of the surgeon's physical and cognitive faculty. Jon Lapook, CBS News, 18 Feb. 2024 This includes ethicists, consumer advocates, data scientists, and policyholders themselves. Neil Sahota, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 The rules proposed by two state departments would have required psychiatrists, endocrinologists and medical ethicists to have roles in creating gender-affirming care plans for clinics and hospitals. CBS News, 8 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ethicist was circa 1890

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“Ethicist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


eth·​i·​cist ˈeth-ə-səst How to pronounce ethicist (audio)
: one who specializes in or is very concerned about ethics
now ethicists must confront the unsettling question of whether to set limits on scientific inquiryRicardo Sookdeo
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