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ethical

[ eth-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈɛθ ɪ kəl /
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Definition of ethical

adjective
pertaining to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong in conduct.
being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice, especially the standards of a profession: It was not considered ethical for physicians to advertise.
(of drugs) sold only upon medical prescription.
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Origin of ethical

First recorded in 1600–10; ethic + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for ethical

ethical
/ (ˈɛθɪkəl) /

adjective
in accordance with principles of conduct that are considered correct, esp those of a given profession or group
of or relating to ethics
(of a medicinal agent) available legally only with a doctor's prescription or consent

Derived forms of ethical

ethically, adverbethicalness or ethicality, noun
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Medical definitions for ethical

ethical
[ ĕthĭ-kəl ]

adj.
Of, relating to, or dealing with ethics.
Being in accordance with the accepted principles of right and wrong that govern the conduct of a profession.
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