Definitions for ethicalˈɛθ ɪ kəl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ethical(adj)

    of or relating to the philosophical study of ethics

    "ethical codes"; "ethical theories"

  2. ethical(adj)

    conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior

    "an ethical lawyer"; "ethical medical practice"; "an ethical problem"; "had no ethical objection to drinking"; "Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants"- Omar N. Bradley

  3. ethical, honorable, honourable(adj)

    adhering to ethical and moral principles

    "it seems ethical and right"; "followed the only honorable course of action"


  1. ethical(Noun)

    An ethical drug.

  2. ethical(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the study of ethics.

    The philosopher Kant is particularly known for his ethical writings.

  3. ethical(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the accepted principles of right and wrong, especially those of some organization or profession.

    All employees must familiarize themselves with our ethical guidelines.

  4. ethical(Adjective)

    Morally approvable, when referring to an action that affects others; good.

    We are trying to decide what the most ethical course of action would be.

  5. ethical(Adjective)

    Only dispensed on the prescription of a physician.

    In most jurisdictions, morphine is classified as an ethical drug.

  6. Origin: From ethic + -al, from ethicus, from ἠθικός, from ἦθος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ethical(adj)

    of, or belonging to, morals; treating of the moral feelings or duties; containing percepts of morality; moral; as, ethic discourses or epistles; an ethical system; ethical philosophy

  2. Origin: [L. ethicus, Gr. , fr. custom, usage, character, dwelling; akin to custom, Goth. sidus, G. sitte, Skr. svadh, prob. orig., one's own doing; sva self + dh to set: cf. F. thique. See So, Do.]

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'ethical' in Adjectives Frequency: #954

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