Morality meaning

mə-rălĭ-tē, mô-
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Morality is the standard of society used to decide what is right or wrong behavior.

An example of morality is the belief by someone that it is wrong to take what doesn't belong to them, even if no one would know.

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(uncountable) Recognition of the distinction between good and evil or between right and wrong; respect for and obedience to the rules of right conduct; the mental disposition or characteristic of behaving in a manner intended to produce morally good results.
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Moral quality or character; rightness or wrongness, as of an action.
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Principles of right and wrong in conduct; ethics.
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A system or collection of ideas of right and wrong conduct.

Religious morality; Christian morality.

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Moral instruction or a moral lesson.
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The character of being in accord with the principles or standards of right conduct; right conduct; sometimes, specif., virtue in sexual conduct.
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(countable, rare) A particular theory concerning the grounds and nature of rightness, wrongness, good, and evil.
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(countable) A set of personal guiding principles for conduct or a general notion of how to behave, whether respectable or not.
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(countable) A set of social rules, customs, traditions, beliefs, or practices which specify proper, acceptable forms of conduct.
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(uncountable, rare) Moral philosophy, the branch of philosophy which studies the grounds and nature of rightness, wrongness, good, and evil.
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Virtuous conduct.

Commended his morality.

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A particular system of such principles.
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The quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct.

Questioned the morality of my actions.

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A narrative with a moral lesson.
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(countable, archaic) A lesson or pronouncement which contains advice about proper behavior.
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A rule or lesson in moral conduct.

Sermons noted for their moralities.

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Origin of morality

  • From Anglo-Norman moralité, Middle French moralité, from Late Latin moralitas (“manner, characteristic, character"), from Latin mōrālis (“relating to manners or morals"), from mos (“manner, custom").

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