preethical

adjective pre·eth·i·cal \ ˌprē-ˈe-thi-kəl \
variants: or pre-ethical

Definition of preethical

: existing or occurring before personal or social ethics have been developed or considered
  • The analytical history starts by attempting to understand relevant psychological capacities of the preethical ancestors …
  • —Philip Kitcher
  • More remote ancestors, human beings without full language perhaps, were pre-ethical.
  • —Philip Kitcher
  • … what ethicians might call the pre-ethical stages of human development …
  • —Robert J. Starratt
  • Laws are a pre-ethical stage. While they orient a person to virtue, acting because the law obliges one to act is not truly virtuous.
  • —Raymond J. Devettere
  • It sounds like a story from journalism's pre-ethical days …
  • —Jack Shafer

First Known Use of preethical

1881

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