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.
Recent Examples of morality from the Web
And both of them exuded goodness, purity, morality.
But the high-risk expedition has sparked heated debate in the mountaineering community about the morality of risking more lives to retrieve bodies from one of the most unforgiving places on Earth.
The issues of virtue and morality have become very confused.
How much should such consultants question the morality of the project?
The narrative confronts the role of morality and obligation during wartime, while performing an exemplary feat of storytelling.
Is morality just a product of the evolution of our brains, with no inherent reality?
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First Known Use of morality
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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