- The definition of an ethic is a rule of moral behavior.
An example of an ethic is valuing all human life.
ethic definition by Webster's New World
- a system of moral standards or values: the humanist ethic
- a particular moral standard or value: the success ethic
Origin: Middle English ethik ; from Old French ethique ; from Late Latin ethica ; from Classical Greek ēthikē (technē), ethical (art): see ethical
ethic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A set of principles of right conduct.b. A theory or a system of moral values: “An ethic of service is at war with a craving for gain” (Gregg Easterbrook).
- ethics (used with a sing. verb) The study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by a person; moral philosophy.
- ethics (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession: medical ethics.
Origin: Middle English ethik, from Old French ethique (from Late Latin ēthica, from Greek ēthika, ethics) and from Latin ēthicē (from Greek ēthikē), both from Greek ēthikos, ethical, from ēthos, character; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.