morality

noun mo·ral·i·ty \ mə-ˈra-lə-tē , mȯ- \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of morality

plural moralities
1 a : 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 a : 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 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

  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.

Recent Examples of morality from the Web

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First Known Use of morality

14th century


MORALITY Defined for English Language Learners

morality

noun

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

noun mo·ral·i·ty \ mə-ˈra-lə-tē \

Definition of morality for Students

plural moralities
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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