Definitions for moralˈmɔr əl, ˈmɒr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mor•alˈmɔr əl, ˈmɒr-(adj.)

  1. of, pertaining to, or concerned with the principles of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical:

    moral attitudes.

  2. conforming to accepted or established principles of right conduct (opposed to immoral); virtuous; upright:

    a moral man.

  3. expressing or conveying truths or counsel as to right conduct:

    a moral novel.

  4. based on fundamental principles of right conduct rather than on law, custom, etc.:

    moral obligations.

  5. capable of recognizing and conforming to the rules of right conduct:

    a moral being.

  6. virtuous in sexual matters; chaste.

  7. of, pertaining to, or acting on the mind, feelings, will, or character:

    moral support.

  8. based on strong probability; virtual:

    a moral certainty.

  9. (n.)the moral teaching or practical lesson contained in a fable, tale, experience, etc.

  10. morals, principles, standards, or habits with respect to right or wrong conduct.

Origin of moral:

1300–50; ME < L mōrālis=mōr- (s. of mōs) usage, custom +-ālis -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. moral, lesson(adj)

    the significance of a story or event

    "the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"

  2. moral(adj)

    concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles

    "moral sense"; "a moral scrutiny"; "a moral lesson"; "a moral quandary"; "moral convictions"; "a moral life"

  3. moral(adj)

    psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect

    "a moral victory"; "moral support"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. moral(adjective)ˈmɔr əl, ˈmɒr-

    relating to beliefs about what is right and wrong

    a moral belief; your moral rights

  2. moralˈmɔr əl, ˈmɒr-

    ≠ immoral

    a very moral woman

  3. moral(noun)ˈmɔr əl, ˈmɒr-

    beliefs about what is right and wrong

    Christian morals; Do the media have any morals?

  4. moralˈmɔr əl, ˈmɒr-

    sth taught using a story or an actual experience

    The moral of the tale is that you should never lie.


  1. moral(Noun)

    The ethical significance or practical lesson.

    The moral of the is that if you repeatedly lie, people won't believe you when you tell the truth.

  2. moral(Noun)

    Moral practices or teachings: modes of conduct.

  3. moral(Adjective)

    Of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behaviour, especially for teaching right behaviour.

    moral judgments, a moral poem

  4. moral(Adjective)

    Conforming to a standard of right behaviour; sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment.

    a moral obligation

  5. moral(Adjective)

    Capable of right and wrong action.

    a moral agent

  6. moral(Adjective)

    Probable but not proved.

    a moral certainty

  7. moral(Adjective)

    Positively affecting the mind, confidence, or will.

    a moral victory, moral support

  8. Origin: From moral, from moralis

Webster Dictionary

  1. Moral(adj)

    relating to duty or obligation; pertaining to those intentions and actions of which right and wrong, virtue and vice, are predicated, or to the rules by which such intentions and actions ought to be directed; relating to the practice, manners, or conduct of men as social beings in relation to each other, as respects right and wrong, so far as they are properly subject to rules

  2. Moral(adj)

    conformed to accepted rules of right; acting in conformity with such rules; virtuous; just; as, a moral man. Used sometimes in distinction from religious; as, a moral rather than a religious life

  3. Moral(adj)

    capable of right and wrong action or of being governed by a sense of right; subject to the law of duty

  4. Moral(adj)

    acting upon or through one's moral nature or sense of right, or suited to act in such a manner; as, a moral arguments; moral considerations. Sometimes opposed to material and physical; as, moral pressure or support

  5. Moral(adj)

    supported by reason or probability; practically sufficient; -- opposed to legal or demonstrable; as, a moral evidence; a moral certainty

  6. Moral(adj)

    serving to teach or convey a moral; as, a moral lesson; moral tales

  7. Moral(noun)

    the doctrine or practice of the duties of life; manner of living as regards right and wrong; conduct; behavior; -- usually in the plural

  8. Moral(noun)

    the inner meaning or significance of a fable, a narrative, an occurrence, an experience, etc.; the practical lesson which anything is designed or fitted to teach; the doctrine meant to be inculcated by a fiction; a maxim

  9. Moral(noun)

    a morality play. See Morality, 5

  10. Moral(verb)

    to moralize


  1. Moral

    A moral is a message conveyed or a lesson to be learned from a story or event. The moral may be left to the hearer, reader or viewer to determine for themselves, or may be explicitly encapsulated in a maxim.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'moral' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1954

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'moral' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3564

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'moral' in Adjectives Frequency: #263

Anagrams of moral

  1. molar

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