situation ethics

  1. a view of ethics that deprecates general moral principles while emphasizing the source of moral judgments in the distinctive characters of specific situations.

Origin of situation ethics

Translation of German situationsethik (1950)

Words Nearby situation ethics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use situation ethics in a sentence

  • Throughout society, clear-cut distinctions between morally right and wrong are being replaced by situation ethics.