ethic

[ eth-ik ]
/ ˈɛθ ɪk /

noun

the body of moral principles or values governing or distinctive of a particular culture or group: the Christian ethic; the tribal ethic of the Zuni.
a complex of moral precepts held or rules of conduct followed by an individual: a personal ethic.

Origin of ethic

1350–1400; Middle English ethic, etic < Latin ēthicus < Greek ēthikós, equivalent to êth(os) ethos + -ikos -ic

Related forms

non·eth·ic, adjective
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ethic

/ (ˈɛθɪk) /

noun

a moral principle or set of moral values held by an individual or groupthe Puritan ethic

adjective

another word for ethical
See also ethics

Word Origin for ethic

C15: from Latin ēthicus, from Greek éthikos, from ēthos custom; see ethos
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