What does morality mean?

Definitions for morality
məˈræl ɪ ti, mɔ-moral·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. moralitynoun

    concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct

  2. ethical motive, ethics, morals, moralitynoun

    motivation based on ideas of right and wrong


  1. moralitynoun

    Recognition of the distinction between good and evil or between right and wrong; respect for and obedience to the rules of right conduct; the mental disposition or characteristic of behaving in a manner intended to produce morally good results.

  2. moralitynoun

    A set of social rules, customs, traditions, beliefs, or practices which specify proper, acceptable forms of conduct.

  3. moralitynoun

    A set of personal guiding principles for conduct or a general notion of how to behave, whether respectable or not.

  4. moralitynoun

    A lesson or pronouncement which contains advice about proper behavior.

  5. moralitynoun

    Moral philosophy, the branch of philosophy which studies the grounds and nature of rightness, wrongness, good, and evil.

  6. moralitynoun

    A particular theory concerning the grounds and nature of rightness, wrongness, good, and evil.

  7. Etymology: From moralité, moralité, from moralitas, from moralis, from mos.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Moralitynoun

    Etymology: moralité, Fr. from moral.

    The system of morality, to be gathered out of the writings of ancient sages, falls very short of that delivered in the gospel. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    A necessity of sinning is as impossible in morality, as any the greatest difficulty can be in nature. Thomas Baker, on Learning.

    The morality of an action is founded in the freedom of that principle, by virtue of which it is in the agent’s power, having all things ready and requisite to the performance of an action, either to perform or not perform it. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. Morality

    Morality (from Latin moralitas 'manner, character, proper behavior') is the differentiation of intentions, decisions and actions between those that are distinguished as proper (right) and those that are improper (wrong). Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with "goodness" or "rightness". Moral philosophy includes meta-ethics, which studies abstract issues such as moral ontology and moral epistemology, and normative ethics, which studies more concrete systems of moral decision-making such as deontological ethics and consequentialism. An example of normative ethical philosophy is the Golden Rule, which states: "One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself."Immorality is the active opposition to morality (i.e. opposition to that which is good or right), while amorality is variously defined as an unawareness of, indifference toward, or disbelief in any particular set of moral standards or principles.


  1. morality

    Morality refers to a system of beliefs, values, or principles that guide an individual's behavior and decisions, determining what is considered right or wrong, good or bad. It often encompasses concepts such as justice, fairness, and respect for others, and can be influenced by cultural, societal, religious, or personal viewpoints.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Moralitynoun

    the relation of conformity or nonconformity to the moral standard or rule; quality of an intention, a character, an action, a principle, or a sentiment, when tried by the standard of right

  2. Moralitynoun

    the quality of an action which renders it good; the conformity of an act to the accepted standard of right

  3. Moralitynoun

    the doctrines or rules of moral duties, or the duties of men in their social character; ethics

  4. Moralitynoun

    the practice of the moral duties; rectitude of life; conformity to the standard of right; virtue; as, we often admire the politeness of men whose morality we question

  5. Moralitynoun

    a kind of allegorical play, so termed because it consisted of discourses in praise of morality between actors representing such characters as Charity, Faith, Death, Vice, etc. Such plays were occasionally exhibited as late as the reign of Henry VIII

  6. Moralitynoun

    intent; meaning; moral

  7. Etymology: [L. moralitas: cf. F. moralit.]


  1. Morality

    Morality is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are "good" and those that are "bad". The philosophy of morality is ethics. A moral code is a system of morality and a moral is any one practice or teaching within a moral code. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with "goodness" or "rightness." Immorality is the active opposition to morality, while amorality is variously defined as an unawareness of, indifference toward, or disbelief in any set of moral standards or principles. An example of a moral code is the Golden Rule which states that, "One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself."

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. morality

    1. The formaldehyde of theology. 2. The line of conduct that pays.

Editors Contribution

  1. morality

    The moral motivation for action or behavior.

    Our sense of morality is important throughout our lives and the lives of our children.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'morality' in Nouns Frequency: #2616

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of morality in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of morality in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of morality in a Sentence

  1. Henry Steele Commager:

    It is probably safe to say that over a long period of time, political morality has been as high as business morality.

  2. John McCrostie:

    Common sense and basic morality dictate that an elected representative should not entertain a relationship with a student intern, regardless of who initiated the relationship.

  3. Arthur Rimbaud:

    I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an enervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain.

  4. Vine Deloria:

    Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.

  5. RJ Intindola:

    I’ve created a new morality. Not one based on societal values and mores but instead on my own conscience. We should not let others determine our moral values nor accept their ridicule. Full stop.

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