moral compass

[ mawr-uh l kuhm-puh s, mor‐ ]
/ ˈmɔr əl ˈkʌm pəs, ˈmɒr‐ /


an internalized set of values and objectives that guide a person with regard to ethical behavior and decision-making: a rebellious teenager without a moral compass.

Origin of moral compass

First recorded in 1840–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019