Ethic meaning

ĕthĭk
The definition of an ethic is a rule of moral behavior.

An example of an ethic is valuing all human life.

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The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession.

Medical ethics.

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The study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by a person; moral philosophy.
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A system of moral standards or values.

The humanist ethic.

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A particular moral standard or value.

The success ethic.

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Moral, relating to morals.
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A set of principles of right and wrong behaviour guiding, or representative of, a specific culture, society, group, or individual.

I think the golden rule is a great ethic.

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The morality of an action.
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Origin of ethic

  • 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 s(w)e- in Indo-European roots

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

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary