Emotional or psychological backing, as opposed to material help. For example, There's not much I can do at the doctor's office, but I'll come with you to give you moral support. [Late 1800s]
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backing, assistance, loyalty, encouragement, protection, relief, aid, patronage, championship, lift, blessing, hand, succor, furtherance, sustenance, friendship, comfort, assist
- moral majority,
- moral philosophy,
- moral re-armament,
- moral rearmament,
- moral sense,
- moral theology,
- moral turpitude,
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