[ mawr-uhl, mor- ]
/ ˈmɔr əl, ˈmɒr- /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR moral
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Origin of moral
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Latin mōrālis, equivalent to mōr- (stem of mōs) “usage, custom” + -ālis-al1
synonym study for moral
11. 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, adjectivequasi-moral, 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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How to use moral in a sentence
I’ve mostly provided moral support, maybe a little company to help with their loneliness.‘Election Day is over, and guess what?’|Eli Saslow|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
Nomadica saw an opportunity in the space for sustainability as a moral imperative, while working with respected winemakers to can product that speaks to existing wine drinkers and anyone with a refined and curious palate.Canned wine might have been primed for socializing in the era of social distancing|Rachel King|November 8, 2020|Fortune
They form a sort of moral compass, ethically navigating us through whatever the world throws at us.The Joys of Being a Stoic - Issue 92: Frontiers|Massimo Pigliucci|November 4, 2020|Nautilus
Because if we went based on our morals, it would go one way.A key county in Michigan has voted for election winners since 1980. Here’s how swing voters there are feeling now|Brett Haensel|November 2, 2020|Fortune
You know, I think a lot about moral purity tests, which exist on both sides, I’m sure.Why the Left Had to Steal the Right’s Dark-Money Playbook (Bonus Episode)|Sudhir Venkatesh|October 31, 2020|Freakonomics
British Dictionary definitions for moral
/ (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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