What does moral mean?

Definitions for moral
ˈmɔr əl, ˈmɒr-moral

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word moral.

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"

Wiktionary

  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.

    Etymology: From moral, from moralis

  2. moral(Noun)

    Moral practices or teachings: modes of conduct.

    Etymology: From moral, from moralis

  3. moral(Adjective)

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

    moral judgments, a moral poem

    Etymology: From moral, from moralis

  4. moral(Adjective)

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

    a moral obligation

    Etymology: From moral, from moralis

  5. moral(Adjective)

    Capable of right and wrong action.

    a moral agent

    Etymology: From moral, from moralis

  6. moral(Adjective)

    Probable but not proved.

    a moral certainty

    Etymology: From moral, from moralis

  7. moral(Adjective)

    Positively affecting the mind, confidence, or will.

    a moral victory, moral support

    Etymology: From moral, from moralis

Wikipedia

  1. Moral

    A moral (from Latin morālis) is a message that is 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. A moral is a lesson in a story or in real life.

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]

  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

    Etymology: [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]

  3. Moral(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]

  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

    Etymology: [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]

  5. Moral(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]

  6. Moral(adj)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]

  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

    Etymology: [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]

  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

    Etymology: [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]

  9. Moral(noun)

    a morality play. See Morality, 5

    Etymology: [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]

  10. Moral(verb)

    to moralize

    Etymology: [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Moral

    mor′al, adj. of or belonging to the manners or conduct of men: conformed to right, ethical, virtuous: capable of knowing right and wrong: subject to the moral law: instructing with regard to morals: supported by evidence of reason or probability—opp. to Demonstrative: belonging to the mind, or to the will: (Shak.) moralising.—n. in pl. manners: the doctrine or practice of the duties of life: moral philosophy or ethics: conduct, esp. sexual conduct: in sing. the practical lesson given by anything: an emblem or allegory: (slang) a certainty, an exact counterpart.—v.i. to moralise.—ns. Mor′aler (Shak.), a moraliser; Moralisā′tion, act of moralising, explanation in a moral sense.—v.t. Mor′alise, to apply to a moral purpose: to explain in a moral sense.—v.i. to speak or write on moral subjects: to make moral reflections.—ns. Mor′aliser; Mor′alism, a moral maxim; moral counsel: morality as distinct from religion; Mor′alist, one who teaches morals, or who practises moral duties: a merely moral as distinguished from a religious man: one who prides himself on his morality.—adj. Moralist′ic.—n. Moral′ity, quality of being moral: that in an action which renders it right or wrong: the practice of moral duties apart from religion: virtue: the doctrine which treats of actions as being right or wrong: ethics: a kind of drama which grew out of mysteries and miracle-plays, and continued in fashion till Elizabeth's time, in which allegorical representations of the virtues and vices were introduced as dramatis personæ.—adv. Mor′ally, in a moral manner: uprightly: to all intents and purposes, practically.—Moral agent, one who acts under a knowledge of right and wrong; Moral certainty, a likelihood so great as to be safely acted on, although not capable of being certainly proved; Moral defeat (see Moral victory); Moral faculty (see Moral sense); Moral law, a law or rules for life and conduct, founded on what is right and wrong: the law of conscience; Moral philosophy, the science which treats of the qualities of actions as being right or wrong, and the duty of mankind with regard to such actions; Moral sense, that power of the mind which knows or judges actions to be right or wrong, and determines conduct accordingly; Moral theology, ethics treated with reference to a divine source; Moral victory, a defeat in appearance, but in some important sense a real victory. [Fr.,—L. moralismos, moris, custom.]

Editors Contribution

  1. moral

    A principle of just, honest, fair, peaceful and unifying conduct and behavior.

    The morals within society are very important for us and our children.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of moral in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of moral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of moral in a Sentence

  1. John Kerry:

    Through it all, I've seen Joe tested in public service and tested in life itself. I know his character. I know the measure of a person who never stopped fighting for millions of Americans even as his beloved son was losing a heartbreaking battle with cancer. Joe's strength and Joe Biden for president moral center are inspiring. But so are Joe Biden for president skills as a leader.

  2. Fran Lebowitz:

    You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.

  3. Mike Schur:

    I don't think that I totally understood the level of which moral decision making can become a factor in your life, where from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep almost everything you do has a moral component, it can drive you nuts. I'm not necessarily saying this is a good thing.

  4. Cory Booker:

    We have one remaining path to ensure justice is served, it is our legal and moral obligation to hold those who have committed crimes accountable.

  5. 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.

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