- 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.
Origin of moral
- 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
Word Origin and History for moralless
mid-14c., "pertaining to character or temperament" (good or bad), from Old French moral (14c.) and directly from Latin moralis "proper behavior of a person in society," literally "pertaining to manners," coined by Cicero ("De Fato," II.i) to translate Greek ethikos (see ethics) from Latin mos (genitive moris) "one's disposition," in plural, "mores, customs, manners, morals," of uncertain origin. Perhaps sharing a PIE root with English mood (1).
Meaning "morally good, conforming to moral rules," is first recorded late 14c. of stories, 1630s of persons. Original value-neutral sense preserved in moral support, moral victory (with sense of "pertaining to character as opposed to physical action"). Related: Morally.
"moral exposition of a story," c.1500, from moral (adj.) and from French moral and Late Latin morale.