Deontology Definition

Ethical theory concerned with duties and rights.
American Heritage
The ethical doctrine which holds that the worth of an action is determined as by its conformity to some binding rule rather than by its consequences.
Webster's New World

(ethics) The ethical study of duties, obligations, and rights, with an approach focusing on the rightness or wrongness of actions themselves and not on the goodness or badness of the consequences of those actions.


Origin of Deontology

  • Greek deon deont- obligation, necessity (from) (neuter present participle of dein to need, lack deu-1 in Indo-European roots) –logy

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

  • From Ancient Greek δέον (deon, “that which is binding, needful, right, proper”) + λόγος (logos, “argument”).

    From Wiktionary

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