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[ eth-i-kuhl ]


  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.

    Synonyms: honorable, virtuous, righteous, honest, upright, moral

    Antonyms: immoral

  3. (of drugs) sold only upon medical prescription.


/ ˈɛθɪkəl /


  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 Forms

  • ˈethically, adverb
  • ˈethicalness, noun

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Other Words From

  • eth·i·cal·ly adverb
  • eth·i·cal·i·ty [eth-i-, kal, -i-tee], eth·i·cal·ness noun
  • hy·per·eth·i·cal adjective
  • non·eth·i·cal adjective
  • pseu·do·eth·i·cal adjective
  • su·per·eth·i·cal adjective
  • un·eth·i·cal adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ethical1

First recorded in 1600–10; ethic + -al 1

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Example Sentences

They were given info about three main ethical issues in this area — fairness, privacy and their sense of self.

Instead, each company or research group may need to work through ethical issues as their use of brain data progresses.

She and colleagues have recently proposed five questions that researchers can ask themselves to begin thinking about these ethical issues, including privacy and autonomy.

We need a serious conversation on the equitable and ethical use of tech, what can be done to combat the spread of misinformation and more.

The series — both projects of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network — have been recognized for applying high ethical standards, as well as innovative approaches, to working with sources.

Marriott, with its deep history in the Mormon faith, portrays itself as a deeply ethical institution.

The founders of Ethical Oil, and opechatesgays, are Hamish Marshall and his wife, Kathryn Marshall.

As uncovered by the climate blog desmogblog, the Ethical Oil meme dates to a 2010 book by Ezra Levant.

Does he have the balls to run again after someone resigns over ethical issues?

These patients, often thought of as brain dead, present a distinct ethical dilemma.

Martyrdoms do not occur for ethical generalizations, much less for philosophical affirmations.

With this brief review of the philosophy of the ethical sentiments, we may proceed to a consideration of the facts.

The development of the ethical principle in mankind is largely due to the extension of the sentiment of social sympathy.

The human mind arrives at ethical truths, even when all speculation about God and immortality has failed.

The subsequent schools of philosophy directed attention to ethical and practical questions, rather than to intellectual phenomena.


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