morality

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noun mo·ral·i·ty \mə-ˈra-lə-tē, mȯ-\

Definition of morality

plural

moralities

  1. 1a :  a moral discourse, statement, or lesson <ended his lecture with a trite morality>b :  a literary or other imaginative work teaching a moral lesson <“Aesop's Fables” is famous as a morality.>

  2. 2a :  a doctrine or system of moral conduct <the basic law which an adequate morality ought to state — Marjorie Grene>b moralities plural :  particular moral principles or rules of conduct <we were all brought up on one of these moralitiesPsychiatry>

  3. 3 :  conformity to ideals of right human conduct <admitted the expediency of the law but questioned its morality>

  4. 4 :  moral conduct :  virtue <morality today involves a responsible relationship toward the laws of the natural world — P. B. Sears>

Examples of morality in a sentence

  1. The group is calling for a return to traditional morality.

  2. two groups with clashing moralities

  3. The decision may be legally justified, but I question its morality.

14th Century

First Known Use of morality

14th century


MORALITY Defined for English Language Learners

morality

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noun mo·ral·i·ty \mə-ˈra-lə-tē, mȯ-\

Definition of morality for English Language Learners

  • : beliefs about what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior

  • : the degree to which something is right and good : the moral goodness or badness of something


MORALITY Defined for Kids

morality

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noun mo·ral·i·ty \mə-ˈra-lə-tē\

Definition of morality for Students

plural

moralities

  1. 1 :  the quality or fact of being in agreement with ideals of right behavior <We discussed the morality of lying so a person's feelings aren't hurt.>

  2. 2 :  beliefs about what kind of behavior is good or bad <A society's morality may change.>



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