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ethical

[eth-i-kuhl]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong in conduct.
  2. 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.
  3. (of drugs) sold only upon medical prescription.
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Origin of ethical

First recorded in 1600–10; ethic + -al1
Related formseth·i·cal·ly, adverbeth·i·cal·i·ty, eth·i·cal·ness, nounhy·per·eth·i·cal, adjectivehy·per·eth·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·eth·i·cal, adjectivenon·eth·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·eth·i·cal·ness, nounpseu·do·eth·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·eth·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·eth·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·eth·i·cal·ly, adverbun·eth·i·cal, adjective

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Related Words

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  • Tears, of course, except in the privacy of one's closet, were not ethical on the Street.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He might as well say that John Bunyan was deficient in ethical instincts.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Beneath the surface of his jokes there is moral earnestness, there is ethical passion.

  • They have all provided ways and means for our ethical evolution.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • It is for you, gentlemen, to see that moral and ethical progress is unbroken.


British Dictionary definitions for ethical

ethical

adjective
  1. in accordance with principles of conduct that are considered correct, esp those of a given profession or group
  2. of or relating to ethics
  3. (of a medicinal agent) available legally only with a doctor's prescription or consent
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Derived Formsethically, adverbethicalness or ethicality, noun
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Word Origin and History for ethical

adj.

c.1600, "pertaining to morality," from ethic + -al (1). Related: Ethicality; ethically.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ethical in Medicine

ethical

(ĕthĭ-kəl)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or dealing with ethics.
  2. Being in accordance with the accepted principles of right and wrong that govern the conduct of a profession.
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