Ethical is defined as moral or conforming to standards of conduct.
Examples of Ethical Codes
Individual codes of ethics are commonly seen as those unwritten rules of behavior instilled in an individual by their upbringing and environment.
Examples of societal ethical codes can include such things as:
- Respect for another’s property
- Refraining from violence against another
- Treating others with civility
- Tenets of a religion can also be considered to be a code of ethics.
- Behavior that is considered moral, like not lying or stealing, is an example of ethical behavior.
- The Ten Commandments from the Bible is one of the most famous codes of ethical behavior that applys to individuals.
- having to do with ethics or morality; of or conforming to moral standards
- conforming to the standards of conduct of a given profession or group
- designating or of a drug obtainable only on a doctor's prescription
Origin of ethicalMiddle English ethik (; from Classical Latin ethicus ; from Classical Greek ēthikos ; from ēthos, character, custom ; from Indo-European base an unverified form swedh-, essential quality, own character from source Gothic swes, Classical Latin suus, one's own and amp; suescere, to become accustomed) + -al
- Of, relating to, or dealing with ethics: an ethical treatise.
- Being in accordance with the accepted principles of right and wrong that govern the conduct of a profession: an ethical act. See Synonyms at moral.
- Relating to or being a drug dispensed solely on the prescription of a physician.
- eth′i·cal·ness, eth′i·cal′i·ty
(comparative more ethical, superlative most ethical)
- (philosophy, not comparable) Of or relating to the study of ethics.
- The philosopher Kant is particularly known for his ethical writings.
- (not comparable) Of or relating to the accepted principles of right and wrong, especially those of some organization or profession.
- All employees must familiarize themselves with our ethical guidelines.
- (comparable) Morally approvable, when referring to an action that affects others; good.
- We are trying to decide what the most ethical course of action would be.
- (of a drug, not comparable) Only dispensed on the prescription of a physician.
- In most jurisdictions, morphine is classified as an ethical drug.
- In general usage ethical is used to describe standards of behavior between individuals, while moral or immoral can describe any behavior. You can call lying unethical or immoral, for example, because it involves the behavior of one person and how it affects another, but violating dietary prohibitions in a holy text can only be described as immoral.
- An ethical drug.
From ethic + -al, from Late Latin ethicus (“moral, ethical”), from Ancient Greek ἠθικός (ēthikos, “of or for morals, moral, expressing character”), from ἦθος (ēthos, “character, moral nature”).
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