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

    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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How to say ethical in sign language?

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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. Mona Gupta:

    The industry has the most invisible supply chain. It is also mostly unorganized, which makes it harder to map and regulate, domestic consumers should raise their voice. If they insist on buying only ethical products, that will bring pressure on manufacturers.

  2. Maria Moldes:

    This is a type of photography that can not be posed. This is street photography, i have no ethical concerns because I am not ridiculing people. I have to like people in order to photograph them, and this is all a commentary.

  3. The Pope:

    The brutality of this worldwide phenomenon becomes all the more grave and scandalous in the church, for it is utterly incompatible with( its) moral authority and ethical credibility, consecrated persons.

  4. Lincoln Chafee:

    I know that I have had an ethical, long career in public service. And I am very proud of that. Not once a question of my ethics.

  5. Mona Gupta:

    Domestic consumers should raise their voice. If they insist on buying only ethical products, that will bring pressure on manufacturers.

Images & Illustrations of ethical

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