Ethical definition

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Being in accordance with the accepted principles of right and wrong that govern the conduct of a profession.

An ethical act.

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Having to do with ethics or morality; of or conforming to moral standards.
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Relating to or being a drug dispensed solely on the prescription of a physician.
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Of, relating to, or dealing with ethics.

An ethical treatise.

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Honest; proper; trustworthy. See ethical hacker.
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Relating to or being a drug dispensed solely on the prescription of a physician.
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In accordance with widely held norms of behavior, or of written standards of conduct adopted by the members of a profession.
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Ethical is defined as moral or conforming to standards of conduct.
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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.
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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.

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Conforming to the standards of conduct of a given profession or group.
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Designating or of a drug obtainable only on a doctor's prescription.
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Being in accordance with the accepted principles of right and wrong that govern the conduct of a profession.

An ethical act.

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(philosophy, not comparable) Of or relating to the study of ethics.

The philosopher Kant is particularly known for his ethical writings.

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(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.

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(of a drug, not comparable) Only dispensed on the prescription of a physician.

In most jurisdictions, morphine is classified as an ethical drug.

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An ethical drug.
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(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.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ethical
Plural:
ethicals

Origin of ethical

  • 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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