- ethics, especially that branch dealing with duty, moral obligation, and right action.
Origin of deontology
Examples from the Web for deontology
This edition does not include the Deontology, which, much rewritten, had been published by Bowring in 1834.
To Bowring we also owe the Deontology, which professes to represent Bentham's dictation.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.
- the branch of ethics dealing with duty, moral obligation, and moral commitment
Word Origin and History for deontology
science of moral duty, 1826, from Greek deont-, comb. form of deon "that which is binding, duty," neuter present participle of dei "is binding;" + -logia "discourse" (see -logy). Said to have been coined by Bentham. Related: Deontological.