[ dee-on-tik ]
/ diˈɒn tɪk /
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of or relating to duty and moral obligation as ethical concepts.
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Origin of deontic
First recorded in 1950–55; from Greek deont- (stem of déon “binding,” neuter present participle of deîn “to bind, tie, fetter”) + -ic
Words nearby deontic
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British Dictionary definitions for deontic
/ (diːˈɒntɪk) /
- of or relating to such ethical concepts as obligation and permissibility
- designating the branch of modal logic that deals with the formalization of these concepts
Word Origin for deontic
C19: from Greek deon duty, from impersonal dei it behoves, it is binding
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