situation ethics


: a system of ethics by which acts are judged within their contexts instead of by categorical principles

called also situational ethics

Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of situation ethics was in 1942

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Cite this Entry

“Situation ethics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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