- of or relating to duty and moral obligation as ethical concepts.
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- 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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