View synonyms for ethically


[ eth-i-klee ]


  1. in a way that relates to morals, the principles of morality, or right and wrong conduct:

    It is ethically unjustifiable to provide a lower standard of care to patients with lower income.

  2. in a way that accords with moral principles or the rules or norms for right conduct, often specific to a profession:

    Teachers have an obligation to act ethically, promoting positive values and maintaining professional standards of behavior.

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  • hy·per·eth·i·cal·ly adverb
  • non·eth·i·cal·ly adverb
  • pseu·do·eth·i·cal·ly adverb
  • su·per·eth·i·cal·ly adverb

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If the WHO’s realpolitik enables it to get more paying countries into the Covax Facility, thus eventually enabling more vaccines for people who couldn’t otherwise afford them, it might actually be the most ethical model.

From Vox

“All of us have the right to discuss whether this academic-surveillance software is ethical,” he said in an interview.

In regard to the underwear issue, I like your husband, though I can’t imagine I’d take a stand on the ethical issue of dirty underwear.

From Ozy

The company will become “a new, sustainable, wholly ethical role model for luxury,” CEO Adrian Hallmark said.

From Fortune

Mackey called for “less government control and more individual empowerment,” and he argued that “equal access to doctors, medicines, and hospitals” should not be considered an “intrinsic ethical right.”

The motives were most always harmless, and only sometimes ethically questionable.

The case for a living wage is economically and ethically powerful if it is made by working poor who genuinely need a living wage.

In my view, this was ethically dubious on her part, and extremely so.

He also explains how he made it (often, by ethically and legally dubious means).

He does this partly by pointing out that not everyone is capable of serving in the military—physically, mentally, ethically.

To evoke and to share such a friendship, moreover, marks the possession of possibilities ethically fine.

The sympathetic sight of the author, in this interpretation, is ethically the strong feature of the book.

Let your stories be ethically sound, even the stratagems and wiles making for justice, and the right sort of mercy.

But far from doing this, or even threatening, the doctor had merely talked ethically.

Something may be right in expediency, policy, or reason, and yet wrong ethically.


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