Definition of moral
Origin of moral
synonym study for moral
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH moralmoral , morale (see synonym study at the current entry)
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What does moral mean?
Moral describes something involved with or related to principles of what is considered righteous behavior, as in The wise man has offered moral guidance to many people.
The word is used as a noun (especially in the plural morals) to refer to such principles. In this sense, morals are used as a basis to determine right and wrong and guide a person to act in a righteous or honorable manner, as in I don’t cheat because it goes against my morals.
The word moral is also used to describe something that follows such principles—something that is considered the right thing to do. If something is considered moral in this way, it is thought to be seen as acceptable by society or in the context of one’s religion. If something is not moral, it is said to be immoral, meaning wrong.
Moral is also commonly used as a noun to mean a lesson or teaching that is contained in a story or fable, as in The moral of the story was that a person should not be afraid to ask for help. The point of most fairy tales and children’s stories is to teach important morals to children.
Moral is often used in overlapping ways with the word ethical, and the word morals is often used in similar ways to the word ethics, which refers to moral principles or rules of conduct. The word moral is more likely to be used in religious contexts, but both moral and ethical are used in nonreligious contexts.
Moral should not be confused with the word morale, which refers to a person’s emotional or mental condition.
Example: I think the key to being a moral person is thinking about not just your intentions but the consequences of your actions.
Where does moral come from?
The first records of moral come from around 1300. It ultimately comes from the Latin mōrālis, meaning “concerned with ethics.”
Moral refers to a complex topic that we have only lightly touched. It is often used in everyday speech as a synonym of good in the sense of heroic or honorable behavior. While most people would usually agree that what is moral and what is good are the same thing, these principles are often relative to a culture, religion, or other beliefs that guide a group of people.
Even within a group itself, people may not agree with something that is said to be moral. For example, a religious text may make a moral judgement about human sexuality that an individual person may disagree with. Life often forces people to resolve moral dilemmas like this.
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What are some other forms related to moral?
- morally (adverb)
- moraless (adjective)
- antimoral (adjective)
- hypermoral (adjective)
- pseudomoral (adjective)
- undermoral (adjective)
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How is moral used in real life?
Moral is a very common that describes something as being righteous or acceptable behavior.
— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) August 20, 2020
Let's keep in mind just because something is illegal (leaks) doesn't mean it wasn't moral. Just as legal acts can be immoral.
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) June 6, 2017
today I woke up at 10 am feeling proud that i finally got up early. Wanted to reward myself with 15 more minutes of sleep. Then i woke up again at 4pm.
Moral of the story – dont reward yourself too early
— FARIZ JABBA (@farizjabba) September 10, 2020
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How to use moral in a sentence
The report stands out in that it doesn’t explicitly discuss moral and ethical issues related to CRISPR babies.A CRISPR Baby Future? New Report Outlines Path to Human Germline Editing|Shelly Fan|September 15, 2020|Singularity Hub
Those in the private sector have a moral responsibility to do the right thing not just by shareholders, but also by the stakeholders whose lives they impact—employees, consumers, and the communities in which they operate.To fight systemic racism, the investment industry needs to look at its whiteness first|jakemeth|September 10, 2020|Fortune
Plato’s student Aristotle tried to bring Platonism down to earth, and grounded moral value in the essential nature of organisms.The Universe Knows Right from Wrong - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Philip Goff|September 9, 2020|Nautilus
That’s why I’m here, to fulfill my moral obligation as a meat eater.Instagram's Most Fascinating Subculture? Women Hunters.|Rachel Levin|September 8, 2020|Outside Online
Biohackers, true to its promise, manages to lightly touch upon a few related ethical and moral questions, like genetic modification of stem cells, access to advanced gene therapies, as well as privacy and consent surrounding genomic data.Stream or Skip? A Synthetic Biologist’s Review of ‘Biohackers’ on Netflix|Elsa Sotiriadis|September 2, 2020|Singularity Hub
The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.
Bratton might have said something that was closer to a real-world moral equivalence.
That had to give them an enormous reservoir of moral strength and solace.
But it remains a moral crime to vilify good cops who have made the city safe, saving thousands of lives.
For far too long, we have been coasting on a moral authority to which we long ago lost any clear title.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone|Nick Gillespie|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Everything is topsy-turvy in Europe according to our moral ideas, and they don't have what we call "men" over here.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Such mutual distrust necessarily creates or accompanies a lack of moral courage.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
And so these features take on a kind of moral rightness before they are judged of as pleasing to the eye and as beautiful.
Once he permitted himself a digression, that he might point a moral for the benefit of his servant.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
The naïve conception of sky and earth, and lastly the moral issue of the story, are no less instructive.