- The definition of an ethic is a rule of moral behavior.
An example of an ethic is valuing all human life.
- a system of moral standards or values: the humanist ethic
- a particular moral standard or value: the success ethic
Origin of ethicMiddle English ethik ; from Old French ethique ; from Late Latin ethica ; from Classical Greek ēthikē (technē), ethical (art): see ethical
- 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 of ethicMiddle 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.
(comparative more ethic, superlative most ethic)
- Moral, relating to morals.
From Old French ethique, from Late Latin ethica, from Ancient Greek ἠθική (ēthike), from ἠθικός (ēthikos, “of or for morals, moral, expressing character”), from ἦθος (ēthos, “character, moral nature”).