deontology

[ dee-on-tol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌdi ɒnˈtɒl ə dʒi /

noun

ethics, especially that branch dealing with duty, moral obligation, and right action.

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Origin of deontology

First recorded in 1820–30; from Greek deont- (stem of déon “binding,” neuter present participle of deîn “to bind, tie, fetter”) + -o- + -logy

OTHER WORDS FROM deontology

de·on·to·log·i·cal [dee-on-tl-oj-i-kuhl], /diˌɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, adjectivede·on·tol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deontology

deontology
/ (ˌdiːɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the branch of ethics dealing with duty, moral obligation, and moral commitment

Derived forms of deontology

deontologist, noun

Word Origin for deontology

C19: from Greek deon duty (see deontic) + -logy
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