Definition of morality
1a : a moral discourse, statement, or lesson ended his lecture with a trite moralityb : 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 Greneb moralities plural : particular moral principles or rules of conduct we were all brought up on one of these moralities — Psychiatry
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
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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MORALITY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of morality for Students
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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