[ mawr-uhl, mor- ]
/ ˈmɔr əl, ˈmɒr- /
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.
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Origin of moral
1300–50; Middle English < Latin mōrālis, equivalent to mōr- (stem of mōs) usage, custom + -ālis -al1
SYNONYMS FOR moral
11 integrity, standards, morality. Morals, ethics refer to rules and standards of conduct and practice. Morals refers to generally accepted customs of conduct and right living in a society, and to the individual's practice in relation to these: the morals of our civilization. Ethics now implies high standards of honest and honorable dealing, and of methods used, especially in the professions or in business: ethics of the medical profession.
OTHER WORDS FROM moral
mor·al·less, adjectivean·ti·mor·al, adjectivehy·per·mor·al, adjectivehy·per·mor·al·ly, adverb
o·ver·mor·al, adjectiveo·ver·mor·al·ly, adverbpre·mor·al, adjectivepre·mor·al·ly, adverbpseu·do·mor·al, adjectivequa·si-mor·al, adjectivequa·si-mor·al·ly, adverbsu·per·mor·al, adjectivesu·per·mor·al·ly, adverbun·der·mor·al, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH moralmoral morale (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for moralless
/ (ˈmɒrəl) /
concerned with or relating to human behaviour, esp the distinction between good and bad or right and wrong behaviourmoral sense
adhering to conventionally accepted standards of conduct
based on a sense of right and wrong according to consciencemoral courage; moral law
having psychological rather than tangible effectsmoral support
having the effects but not the appearance of (victory or defeat)a moral victory; a moral defeat
having a strong probabilitya 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 eventpoint the moral
a concise truth; maxim
(plural) principles of behaviour in accordance with standards of right and wrong
Derived forms of moralmorally, adverb
Word Origin for moral
C14: from Latin mōrālis relating to morals or customs, from mōs custom
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