What does ethical mean?

Definitions for ethical
ˈɛθ ɪ kəleth·i·cal

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. ethical(Noun)

    An ethical drug.

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

  2. ethical(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the study of ethics.

    The philosopher Kant is particularly known for his ethical writings.

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

  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.

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

  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.

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

  5. ethical(Adjective)

    Only dispensed on the prescription of a physician.

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

    Etymology: 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

    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  

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

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Numerology

  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. Seyit Tumturk:

    The Internet service providers and the email providers have an ethical and a moral responsibility to let the users know that they are being hacked, we are talking in people's lives here.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    An ethical atheist is infinitely more valuable than an unethical pious! What matters is whether you are ethical or not; your beliefs are utterly trivial beside this matter!

  3. Mike Wagner:

    You never get to perfect, the goal is to be ethical as you're going from where we are today to where we want to be.

  4. Jacky St. James:

    Hard-core, rough sex can be ethical, what matters is that the performers are comfortable, consenting and respectful of everyone's boundaries.

  5. Sharon Degener:

    The Yamas Niyamas : Exploring Yoga's Ethical Practice.

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