Essential Meaning of moral
1 : concerning or relating to what is right and wrong in human behavior The church takes a strong stand on a number of moral [=ethical] issues. The author avoids making moral judgments. See More Examplesmoral arguments Each story teaches an important moral lesson.
2 : based on what you think is right and good He felt that he had a moral obligation/responsibility/duty to help the poor. He's a man with strong moral convictions. [=a man who believes strongly that some things are right and others are wrong] We're confident she has the moral fiber/fortitude to make the right decision.
3 : considered right and good by most people : agreeing with a standard of right behavior moral conduct Their behavior was not moral. a moral young man [=a young man who tries to behave in a moral way]
Full Definition of moral
(Entry 1 of 2)
1a : of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior : ethical moral judgments
b : expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior a moral poem
c : conforming to a standard of right behavior took a moral position on the issue though it cost him the nomination
d : sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment a moral obligation
e : capable of right and wrong action a moral agent
3 : perceptual or psychological rather than tangible or practical in nature or effect a moral victory moral support
Definition of moral (Entry 2 of 2)
1a : the moral significance or practical lesson (as of a story) The moral of the story is to be satisfied with what you have.
b : a passage pointing out usually in conclusion the lesson to be drawn from a story
2 morals plural
a : moral practices or teachings : modes of conduct an authoritative code of morals has force and effect when it expresses the settled customs of a stable society— Walter Lippmann
b : ethics the science of morals endeavors to divide men into the good and the bad— J. W. Krutch
3 : morale The casualties did not shake the moral of the soldiers.
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