- 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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- 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 ethicality
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- 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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