Dictionary.com

deontic

[ dee-on-tik ]
/ diˈɒn tɪk /
Save This Word!

adjective
of or relating to duty and moral obligation as ethical concepts.
QUIZ
TAKE JOY IN ACING THIS QUIZ ON “PRIDE” SYNONYMS
Hold your head up high as you embark on this quiz that explores some of the synonyms and meanings of “pride.”
Question 1 of 7
What does "dignity" mean?

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

British Dictionary definitions for deontic

deontic
/ (diːˈɒntɪk) /

adjective
logic
  1. of or relating to such ethical concepts as obligation and permissibility
  2. 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK