of, relating to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical: moral attitudes.
expressing or conveying truths or counsel as to right conduct, as a speaker or a literary work.
founded on the fundamental principles of right conduct rather than on legalities, enactment, or custom:moral obligations.
capable of conforming to the rules of right conduct: a moral being.
conforming to the rules of right conduct (opposed to immoral): a moral man.
virtuous in sexual matters; chaste.
of, relating to, or acting on the mind, feelings, will, or character: moral support.
resting upon convincing grounds of probability; virtual: a moral certainty.
the moral teaching or practical lesson contained in a fable, tale, experience, etc.
the embodiment or type of something.
morals, principles or habits with respect to right or wrong conduct.
- mor·al·less, adjective
- an·ti·mor·al, adjective
- hy·per·mor·al, adjective
- hy·per·mor·al·ly, adverb
- o·ver·mor·al, adjective
- o·ver·mor·al·ly, adverb
- pre·mor·al, adjective
- pre·mor·al·ly, adverb
- pseu·do·mor·al, adjective
- quasi-moral, adjective
- qua·si-mor·al·ly, adverb
- su·per·mor·al, adjective
- su·per·mor·al·ly, adverb
- un·der·mor·al, adjective
- moral , morale (see synonym study at the current entry)
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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 | THE 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.Children's Ways | James Sully
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.Children's Ways | James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for moral
concerned with or relating to human behaviour, esp the distinction between good and bad or right and wrong behaviour: moral sense
adhering to conventionally accepted standards of conduct
based on a sense of right and wrong according to conscience: moral courage; moral law
having psychological rather than tangible effects: moral support
having the effects but not the appearance of (victory or defeat): a moral victory; a moral defeat
having a strong probability: a moral certainty
law (of evidence, etc) based on a knowledge of the tendencies of human nature
the lesson to be obtained from a fable or event: point the moral
a concise truth; maxim
(plural) principles of behaviour in accordance with standards of right and wrong
- morally, adverb
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