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moral compass

[mawr-uh l kuhm-puh s, mor‐] /ˈmɔr əl ˈkʌm pəs, ˈmɒr‐/
noun
1.
an internalized set of values and objectives that guide a person with regard to ethical behavior and decision-making:
a rebellious teenager without a moral compass.
Origin of moral compass
1840-1845
First recorded in 1840-45
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anything which serves to guide a person's decisions based on morals or virtues

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Hopefully, the lawyer has a moral compass.

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