- On the grounds or basis of; by reason of:
well-off by virtue of a large inheritance.
- because of; on the grounds of
- to accept with an agreeable or positive attitude that which must be accepted anyway
Other Word Forms of Virtue
Origin of Virtue
Middle English vertu from Old French from Latin virtūs manliness, excellence, goodness from vir man wī-ro- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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