Deontic meaning

dē-ŏntĭk
Relating to or expressing moral duty or obligation.

Deontic concepts such as prohibition and permission.

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Of, relating to, or based on some binding ethical rule; deontological.
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(ethics, linguistics) Pertaining to necessity, duty or obligation, or expressions conveying this.
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Origin of deontic

  • Greek deon deont- obligation, necessity deontology

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek δέον (deon, “what is right"); compare deontology

    From Wiktionary