moral authority

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of moral authority

: trustworthiness to make decisions that are right and good
  • The scandal has undermined the government's moral authority.

Word by Word Definitions

moral play
  1. : of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior : ethical

  2. : expressing or teaching a conception of right behavior

  3. : conforming to a standard of right behavior

  1. : the moral significance or practical lesson (as of a story)

  2. : a passage pointing out usually in conclusion the lesson to be drawn from a story

  3. : moral practices or teachings : modes of conduct

authority play
  1. : power to influence or command thought, opinion, or behavior

  2. : freedom granted by one in authority : right

  3. : persons in command


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