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

Definition of ethicist

: a specialist in ethics

Examples of ethicist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alaskans should know the committee is approaching the job with humanity and sincerity, said Mark Carr, a regional ethicist with Providence Health & Services Alaska and one of the committee’s 24 members. Author: Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "As groups clamor for vaccine, here’s how Alaska will decide who’s next in line," 24 Dec. 2020 The news includes details of the foundation’s partnership with former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris, who co-founded the Center for Humane Technology in 2013, to back research on ways to create safer and more compassionate online communities. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Share a Letter for 2021 and Provide Updates on Their Archewell Non-Profit," 31 Dec. 2020 Byrnes, the ethicist, said fairly distributing vaccines to those with underlying conditions could be tricky. Ted Roelofs, Detroit Free Press, "Who gets COVID-19 vaccine next? Mich. health officials face 'incredibly difficult decisions'," 22 Dec. 2020 Google management reportedly tried to calm internal ructions over its firing of AI ethicist Timnit Gebru with a discussion that was broadcast to employees in its A.I. division and the Black Googler Network. David Meyer, Fortune, "Vaccines make CFOs more optimistic," 9 Dec. 2020 Mark Carr is a regional ethicist for Providence Health & Services Alaska, and a member of a statewide task force making decisions about which populations will be given access to limited coronavirus vaccine supply, in which order. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "The biggest coronavirus outbreak in Alaska is unfolding in a prison. Will the incarcerated be prioritized for vaccines?," 15 Dec. 2020 The idea, similar to legal reasoning, is that when an ethicist is confronted with a difficult decision, resolution can come by looking at other cases like it and seeing how they were resolved. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "Albert R. Jonsen, 89, Dies; Brought Medical Ethics to the Bedside," 16 Nov. 2020 This recommendation was developed by an international group, which includes 28 clinical care experts, four patient-partners and one ethicist. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Nov. 20-26," 27 Nov. 2020 His real-world experiences with Dr. Andereck led Dr. Jonsen to promote a new idea in ethics consultation: placing the ethicist at the bedside as a part of the medical team. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "Albert R. Jonsen, 89, Dies; Brought Medical Ethics to the Bedside," 16 Nov. 2020

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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3 Feb 2021

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“Ethicist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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