moral

  

Definition

Private conduct based on strict adherence to a sanctioned or accepted code or dogma of what is right or wrong, particularly as proclaimed in a sacred book, or by a non-secular group or sect. Once practically interchangeable with 'ethical,' this term has acquired quasi-religious connotations and has moved closer to 'righteous' following the recent (second half of the 20th century) schism between private morality and public morality.

Use moral in a sentence

  • A firm believer in right and wrong, Michael lived by a strict moral code and he knew that he had to return the woman's purse immediately.

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  • Cheating on your test is one thing but lying to your teacher is worse and neither of those things are moral.

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  • Although making a profit is essential for any business, companies should strive to avoid crossing moral lines merely for the purpose of improving the bottom line.

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Notable Quotes

  • Morals and Ethics
    "I think 'immoral' is probably the wrong word to use... I prefer the word 'unethical.'"
    - Ivan Boesky



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