meta·​eth·​ics ˌme-tə-ˈe-thiks How to pronounce metaethics (audio)
plural in form but usually singular in construction
: the study of the meanings of ethical terms, the nature of ethical judgments, and the types of ethical arguments
metaethical adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of metaethics was in 1938

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“Metaethics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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