morality

noun
mo·​ral·​i·​ty | \ mə-ˈra-lə-tē, mȯ-\
plural moralities

Definition of morality

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.
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 : conformity to ideals of right human conduct admitted the expediency of the law but questioned its morality
4 : moral conduct : virtue morality today involves a responsible relationship toward the laws of the natural world— P. B. Sears

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Examples of morality in a Sentence

The group is calling for a return to traditional morality. two groups with clashing moralities The decision may be legally justified, but I question its morality.
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Father Jonathan, on the morality of this, your thoughts? Fox News, "Paul: Trump sees Mueller probe as 'accusation of collusion'," 18 July 2018 Despite her mother's strict nature, Hermione is obviously dying to hop in that gray area of morality. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Crazy Secrets We Learned About the "Riverdale" Parents on “The Midnight Club” Episode," 8 Nov. 2018 But what about the ethics and morality of doing business with China? Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Behind the fight over Google’s China project, a battle for the company’s soul," 21 Aug. 2018 Speed, played by Emile Hirsch, struggles with the inherent morality of work: Can passion thrive when money is involved? Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Speed Racer Is on Netflix and You Should Watch It Right Now," 19 Apr. 2018 In Bertolucci’s films, morality is a story that is held together by infinite gradations of articulate color. Lee Siegel, WSJ, "Bertolucci’s Obsessions," 30 Nov. 2018 Focus has been not just on general morality but also on He's choice of target. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Chinese Researcher Claims to Have Used CRISPR to Genetically Alter Twins," 26 Nov. 2018 The Republican Party has believed for more than 50 years that morality was one of the reasons why the United States won the Cold War. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s embrace of Saudi Arabia causes GOP rift," 21 Nov. 2018 On this point, our morality instructor was inflexible, even when a student raised a vital concern about contracting an STD. Liana Schaffner, Teen Vogue, "The Boys at Brett Kavanaugh's School Called the Girls at Mine the "Whores on the Hill" and I Believed Them," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of morality

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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morality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of morality

: 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

noun
mo·​ral·​i·​ty | \ mə-ˈra-lə-tē \
plural moralities

Kids Definition of morality

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

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