- pertaining to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong in conduct.
- being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice, especially the standards of a profession: It was not considered ethical for physicians to advertise.
- (of drugs) sold only upon medical prescription.
Origin of ethical
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2. moral, upright, honest, righteous, virtuous, honorable.
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Examples from the Web for ethical
The founders of Ethical Oil, and opechatesgays, are Hamish Marshall and his wife, Kathryn Marshall.
As uncovered by the climate blog desmogblog, the Ethical Oil meme dates to a 2010 book by Ezra Levant.
The Ralph Retort, a paragon of ethical journalism websites, decided to make crowdsourcing stuff to discredit me into a project.Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up
November 17, 2014
Daniels says, championing the plight of an ethical news producer.‘Newsroom’ Premiere: Aaron Sorkin Puts CNN on Blast Over the Boston Bombing
November 10, 2014
But it is also a rejoinder to the view, which I expressed, that ethical norms are paramount.The Real Enemy of Marital Bliss Are Those Most Opposed to Marriage Equality
October 25, 2014
Tears, of course, except in the privacy of one's closet, were not ethical on the Street.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He might as well say that John Bunyan was deficient in ethical instincts.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Beneath the surface of his jokes there is moral earnestness, there is ethical passion.The American Mind
They have all provided ways and means for our ethical evolution.Mountain Meditations
It is for you, gentlemen, to see that moral and ethical progress is unbroken.Morals in Trade and Commerce
Frank B. Anderson
- in accordance with principles of conduct that are considered correct, esp those of a given profession or group
- of or relating to ethics
- (of a medicinal agent) available legally only with a doctor's prescription or consent
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Word Origin and History for ethical
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, or dealing with ethics.
- Being in accordance with the accepted principles of right and wrong that govern the conduct of a profession.
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