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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Recent Examples on the Web

Although most of the posts were still positive and supportive of Iadarola’s generosity, some people posted comments that turned one man’s good deed into the subject of a morality tale. Steve Lopez, latimes.com, "He handed water to homeless people when temps topped 100. Some Silver Lake neighbors jeered, others cheered," 11 July 2018 Grassroots politics, corporate initiative, a freak accident turned morality tale, consumer safety concerns transformed into law—a truly American cocktail. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Why I loathe bicycle helmets," 21 June 2018 Even Obama, who was seen as an ally by many American Muslims, faced boycotts and fierce debates about the morality of participating in an White House iftar. Daniel Burke, CNN, "American Muslims on Trump's iftar: Thanks, but no thanks," 5 June 2018 What a sweet temptation to reject the bonds of society — untethered to morality or consequences. Lauren Ritchie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "21 Floridians a day die from drugs while legislators cut treatment," 18 May 2018 Jim Clapper is a man of integrity, honesty, ethics, & morality. Kaitlan Collins, CNN, "White House happily cites 'leakers and liars' Brennan and Clapper in support of Haspel," 2 May 2018 Mr Haidt divides political morality into pairs of opposing instincts: loyalty and betrayal, authority and subversion, liberty and oppression, sanctity and degradation, care and harm, fairness and cheating. The Economist, "The L wordWho is a Democrat?," 12 July 2018 The trolley question is meant to emblematize tough decision-making for the purpose of moral deliberation; programming morality into our vehicles is a matter of deeper, almost mystical complexity. Betsy Morais, Longreads, "The Menace and the Promise of Autonomous Vehicles," 13 June 2018 Authorities forced him to sign a pledge not to convene the remaining events or face prosecution for promoting debauchery and violating public morality. Washington Post, "Lebanon LGBT scene empowered despite crackdown," 29 May 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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