Definition of ethic in English:

ethic

noun

  • A set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct.

    ‘the puritan ethic was being replaced by the hedonist ethic’
    • ‘The ethic of public service was passed on from his father, who worked in the island's customs office.’
    • ‘Acting on strong moral convictions ought to be part of an ethic of responsibility.’
    • ‘Together, we will need to build a new ethic of global stewardship.’
    • ‘Gender equality may not be too far off, given that action sports typically enjoy a community ethic.’
    • ‘Buddhism does have a strong sexual ethic, but not a repressive one.’
    • ‘His writings and addresses increasingly dealt with the ethics and morality of the end of life.’
    • ‘Over the past three decades environmentalism has evolved from a social movement to a societal ethic.’
    • ‘It is a rational, utilitarian, practical ethic, deeply American and consumerist.’
    • ‘This was the reality of the collectivist ethic in which each should be striving for all, not for himself and his own.’
    • ‘Underlying this system is an ethic that seems to value discipline and sacrifice for their own sake.’
    • ‘For an ethic is not an ethic, and a value not a value without some sacrifice to it.’
    • ‘But a strong work ethic was instilled in him at an early age.’
    • ‘Today, the religious element of that work ethic has largely gone - but the ethic itself remains.’
    • ‘The original culture, with its strict mores enforcing an ethic of sharing, is apparently losing its dominance.’
    • ‘The programme was also intended to develop the ethic of natural resource conservation.’
    • ‘Is the core ethic of our society to maximise personal wealth?’
    • ‘Christians have occasionally suggested that all of society should run on an ethic of brotherly love.’
    • ‘Maybe I do have a residual Protestant work ethic after all.’
    • ‘It asserts the value of a socialist ethic that de-emphasises self-promotion.’
    • ‘The language of social justice also needs to be moderated and shaped by an ethic of care.’
    • ‘Miller was a persistent critic not of commerce, but of the commercial ethic as an all-embracing ideology.’
    doctrine, belief, creed, credo, attitude, rule, golden rule, guideline, formula, standard, criterion, tenet, truism, code, maxim, motto, axiom, aphorism, notion, dictum, dogma, canon, law
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adjective

rare
  • Relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these.

    ‘the ethic question is of wider import’
    • ‘Of course these ethic questions must be answered in the comfort of your own home safe and warm at night.’
    • ‘I think there is an ethic question here.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting ethics or moral philosophy; also used attributively): from Old French éthique, from Latin ethice, from Greek (hē) ēthikē (tekhnē) ‘(the science of) morals’, based on ēthos (see ethos).

Pronunciation

ethic

/ˈɛθɪk/