What does ethical mean?

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ˈɛθ ɪ kəleth·i·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ethicaladjective

    of or relating to the philosophical study of ethics

    "ethical codes"; "ethical theories"

  2. ethicaladjective

    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, honourableadjective

    adhering to ethical and moral principles

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


  1. ethicalnoun

    An ethical drug.

  2. ethicaladjective

    Of or relating to the study of ethics.

    The philosopher Kant is particularly known for his ethical writings.

  3. ethicaladjective

    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. ethicaladjective

    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. ethicaladjective

    Only dispensed on the prescription of a physician.

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ethicaladjective

    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. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ethical

    Compliant with ethics.

    The company choose to be ethical in how they work with their supply networks to ensure all within the supply network have a fair price for their produce.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 17, 2020  
  2. ethical

    Relating to ethics.

    Ethical choices are easy as we are united as one connected humanity so we look after each other and provide support where necessary and vital/

    Submitted by MaryC on March 12, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ethical in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ethical in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of ethical in a Sentence

  1. Volkswagen Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn:

    Technologically we can do fully automated self-driving, but the ethical framework is missing.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Countries are rarely governed by the ethical and good people.

  3. Eric Ferrero:

    At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does -- with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards.

  4. Akhbar Satar:

    The government must provide the leadership and strong political will to drive the message of zero tolerance for graft, the general public are expecting high ethical standards of both conduct and accountability from executive, judiciary and legislative branches.

  5. Fox Nation:

    How could you not love dogs? This has to be something that people everywhere are united on, in fact, they're supposed to be far fewer experiments on animals, particularly dogs, because so many people are really just horrified by it. There's ethical considerations, moral considerations and of course, there's the practical considerations.

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