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 Medical ethicists acknowledge that the clinical definition of death doesn't always align neatly with the layperson's understanding of it, especially that of grieving parents. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "A mother's prayers answered: Teen declared brain-dead to stay on life support," 23 Dec. 2019 As a result, some groups have converted a person’s DNA methylation status to an age estimate—or even a prediction of life expectancy (worrying ethicists, who say the data could be misused by forensic investigators and insurance companies). Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Here’s a better way to convert dog years to human years, scientists say," 15 Nov. 2019 This law is not only unconstitutional, but as leading medical experts and ethicists explained, deeply unethical.’’ The Kentucky case is EMW Women’s Surgical Center v. Meier., "Without comment or noted dissent from any of its liberal members, the court said it was not taking up a challenge to the law filed by doctors at Kentucky’s only abortion clinic. The doctors contended the state’s requirements compelled their speech and violated their First Amendment rights.," 11 Dec. 2019 According to former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris, who has founded the Center for Humane Technology, going grayscale removes positive reinforcements and dampens that urge to to keep loading up social media feeds or mobile games. David Nield, Wired, "Try Grayscale Mode to Curb Your Phone Addiction," 1 Dec. 2019 Francis addressed a Vatican conference that brought government envoys and Facebook and Google representatives together with philosophers, physicists and ethicists. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pope warns tech execs to use AI for the common good," 27 Sep. 2019 For these reasons, many environmental ethicists hold, wealthy high-emitting countries should lead the way on mitigation and finance international climate adaption. Marion Hourdequin, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Youth climate movement puts ethics at the center of the global debate," 20 Sep. 2019 Shen said best practices governing scanning technology should be developed by collaboration involving regulatory agencies, the industry, ethicists and others. Stephen Singer,, "This portable MRI developed by a Yale professor could make health care more affordable.," 19 Nov. 2019 With permission from the recipients, CNN sent the 39 pieces of content to ethicists, lawyers and social media experts. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "She was called the n-word and given instructions to slit her wrists. What did Facebook do?," 1 Nov. 2019

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2020

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“Ethicist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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