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deontology

[dee-on-tol-uh-jee]
noun
  1. ethics, especially that branch dealing with duty, moral obligation, and right action.
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Origin of deontology

1820–30; < Greek deont- that which is binding (stem of déon, neuter present participle of deîn to bind), equivalent to de- bind + -ont- present participle suffix + -o- + -logy
Related formsde·on·to·log·i·cal [dee-on-tl-oj-i-kuh l] /diˌɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivede·on·tol·o·gist, noun
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Historical Examples of deontology

  • This edition does not include the Deontology, which, much rewritten, had been published by Bowring in 1834.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6

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  • To Bowring we also owe the Deontology, which professes to represent Bentham's dictation.


British Dictionary definitions for deontology

deontology

noun
  1. the branch of ethics dealing with duty, moral obligation, and moral commitment
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Derived Formsdeontologist, noun

Word Origin for deontology

C19: from Greek deon duty (see deontic) + -logy
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Word Origin and History for deontology

n.

science of moral duty, 1826, from Greek deont-, comb. form of deon "that which is binding, duty," neuter present participle of dei "is binding;" + -logia "discourse" (see -logy). Said to have been coined by Bentham. Related: Deontological.

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