Definition of ethics in English:

ethics

plural noun

  • 1[usually treated as plural] Moral principles that govern a person's behaviour or the conducting of an activity:

    ‘medical ethics also enter into the question’
    ‘a code of ethics’
    • ‘Needless to say, careful review of all clinical trials by properly constituted ethics committees must continue.’
    • ‘Some of the new regulations currently in effect are aimed at raising the moral ethics of our people.’
    • ‘I'm not saying that ethics committees that question research proposals are always being pedantic.’
    • ‘If they let this one slide by, it means that they have no morals and no ethics.’
    • ‘The movie raises a lot of legitimate questions about the ethics and philosophical ramifications of cloning.’
    • ‘I'm curious to know what your ethics committee and university thought of your proposal to do this work?’
    • ‘Science cannot establish the dignity of human soul, nor can it promote ethics and morality in a society.’
    • ‘Conflicting loyalties pose a problem for perioperative nurses dealing with the ethics of advocacy.’
    • ‘The study was performed in accordance with the regulations laid down by the hospital's ethics committee.’
    • ‘The local research ethics committee approved our study.’
    • ‘These questions are subjective and involve our personal and professional ethics and philosophies.’
    • ‘Now the couple have been told the private clinic in England is willing to put their case to its ethics committee.’
    • ‘He also links to some info on a new study being done on the ethics and moral foundations of capitalism.’
    • ‘Problems of both personal and company ethics are often a concern within the field of business, business management, marketing, international business and other areas taught within the School of Business.’
    • ‘It is right here that morals and ethics can and often do go out the door.’
    • ‘Ethical approval was obtained from 11 local research ethics committees.’
    • ‘In view of these new possibilities, science sees dogmatic ethics and the moral burdens of history as obstacles on the road to progress.’
    • ‘The trial was approved by the four local ethics committees.’
    • ‘Our own ethics committee has an important role in guiding us.’
    • ‘Admittedly, many doctors fret about the ethics of sponsorship deals.’
    • ‘An essential characteristic of a profession is the need for its members to abide by a code of ethics.’
    moral code, morals, morality, moral stand, moral principles, moral values, rights and wrongs, principles, ideals, creed, credo, ethos, rules of conduct, virtues, dictates of conscience
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    1. 1.1 The moral correctness of specified conduct:
      ‘many scientists question the ethics of cruel experiments’
  • 2[usually treated as singular] The branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles:

    ‘neither metaphysics nor ethics is the home of religion’
    • ‘Arnold Geulincx, a Flemish philosopher, produced a treatise on ethics along Cartesian lines in 1655.’
    • ‘Within this context, philosophy and ethics still have a crucial role to play.’
    • ‘The great theological battles are all built on the philosophical foundations of ethics.’
    • ‘This is why they devote so much of their time to philosophy, theology and ethics.’
    • ‘They thought that fundamental principles of ethics could be seen to be true by the natural light of reason.’
    • ‘Much more important were al-Tusi's contributions to philosophy and ethics.’
    • ‘Can the scientific theories of Charles Darwin really contribute to our philosophical understanding of ethics?’
    • ‘He also taught classes on ethics and ancient philosophy.’
    • ‘From its beginning, ontology has always intimately related to ethics and politics.’
    • ‘He has published more than a dozen articles, chiefly on ancient philosophy and ethics.’
    • ‘Either way the technical difference between moral philosophy and ethics is so minimal as to be irrelevant.’
    • ‘When it came to a philosophy of politics and ethics, again Archytas based his ideas on mathematical foundations.’
    • ‘Surely they're old enough to learn about ethics and moral philosophy, tailored to their age.’
    • ‘Such questions lie more properly within the realm of ethics and philosophy.’
    • ‘We all know, without the help of philosophy or ethics that we should, in normal circumstances, pay our debts and keep our promises.’
    • ‘Like Marx, he developed not only a theory of economics, but a theory of history, philosophy, and ethics.’
    fairness, justness, fair play, fair-mindedness, equity, equitableness, even-handedness, egalitarianism, impartiality, impartialness, lack of bias, objectivity, neutrality, disinterestedness, lack of prejudice, open-mindedness, non-partisanship
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Pronunciation:

ethics

/ˈɛθɪks/