Ethic Definition

A set of principles of right conduct.
American Heritage
A system of moral standards or values.
The humanist ethic.
Webster's New World
A particular moral standard or value.
The success ethic.
Webster's New World
The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession.
Medical ethics.
American Heritage

Moral, relating to morals.


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

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