Definition of moral in English:

moral

adjective

  • 1Concerned with the principles of right and wrong behaviour.

    ‘the moral dimensions of medical intervention’
    ‘a moral judgement’
    • ‘The cardinal virtues enable leaders to habitually incorporate moral principles in their behaviour.’
    • ‘Ms. Colombo said opponents of implants were ‘making a moral judgment, not a medical one.’’
    • ‘We do not live in an ideal world, and to make moral judgments about the behaviour of others is demeaning.’
    • ‘What's wrong with making moral choices when we shop, buying only those goods raised in a respectable, sustainable way?’
    • ‘But this tolerance has led to a state of belief where American college students are unwilling to make a moral judgment about their value systems and culture.’
    • ‘I'm not going to make moral judgments about all this.’
    • ‘Not only does he have a righteous motive, but he also has moral courage.’
    • ‘He claimed repeatedly that his function was not to make moral judgments but to record behaviour.’
    • ‘In the first place, it will not convince those who believe in a rational ethics, who believe that there is a scientific basis for moral judgments and that they are not pure whim.’
    • ‘It takes just one piece of the jigsaw and turns it into a compelling, documentary-style drama that dispenses with moral judgments in an attempt to arrive at some uncomfortable truths.’
    • ‘It is also clear that moral principles and political judgments are inextricably intertwined.’
    • ‘Throughout his life, he was an example of moral courage and determination and a source of inspiration to millions.’
    • ‘Finally, you say that ‘on most issues, there is no clear right or wrong, particularly where moral issues are concerned’.’
    • ‘Today's soldiers trust each other, they trust their leaders, they trust the Army, and they also understand the moral dimensions of war.’
    • ‘In this respect moral judgments are like judgments of beauty or intelligence.’
    • ‘I have tremendous respect for the daring, moral courage, and intellectual honesty of this book.’
    • ‘Wrong not only for moral reasons, but wrong because it wasn't something I wanted to end up with for the rest of my life.’
    • ‘But I suspect moral argument is the wrong approach to issues of war and peace and politics generally, not least because so many millions of deaths are just deaths.’
    • ‘Mandela spent 27 years in prison and his moral courage was respected worldwide.’
    • ‘We can then make objective judgments about moral progress and decline, with respect to that good.’
    virtuous, good, righteous, upright, upstanding, high-minded, right-minded, principled, proper, honourable, honest, just, noble, incorruptible, scrupulous, respectable, decent, irreproachable, truthful, law-abiding, clean-living, chaste, pure, blameless, sinless
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    1. 1.1 Concerned with or derived from the code of behaviour that is considered right or acceptable in a particular society.
      ‘they have a moral obligation to pay the money back’
      • ‘Further, the arguments are based in moral rather than legal terms.’
      • ‘Read simply, the Bible serves as the moral code upon which our society is based.’
      • ‘People see accessibility as a costly hassle rather than a moral duty.’
      • ‘Moreover, statements are qualifiedly privileged if made pursuant to a legal, social or moral duty.’
      • ‘The society safeguards the moral and social code necessary for them to live together in harmony.’
      • ‘It has to be something of substance, some legal, moral or even social duty, but it has to have substance.’
      • ‘Many of my generation were brought up with a moral code based on the ten commandments, which impressed a watermark in us so deep that it underpins all our lives.’
      • ‘The council said prosecuting people is a last resort but all dog owners must realise that it is their legal as well as their moral duty to dean up after their dog.’
      • ‘We ask of government to live up to its moral and legal obligation to efficiently and effectively deliver basic social services.’
      • ‘It is really up to the individual retailer to decide whether they are doing anything that breaches their legal or moral codes.’
      • ‘These movements demand strict conformity to sacred scriptures and to a moral code ostensibly based on these scriptures.’
      • ‘So in reality many of our moral codes are based on internal convictions that lack pure and independent proof.’
      • ‘Their moral code is based on the idea that right and wrong are constants and that those who disagree are by definition immoral.’
      • ‘The second tendency is for societies to erect moral codes, which often frown on behaviour encoded by our selfish genes.’
      • ‘A girl's behaviour was molded to fit a society governed by a strict moral code and rigid social customs.’
      • ‘And that must be seen as an intensely moral, rather than legal, obligation.’
      • ‘Portugal's holidays, its moral and legal codes, health and education systems have been greatly impacted by its Catholic heritage.’
      • ‘Unless one believes that there is an absolute obligation to obey every law, moral duty and legal duty will sometimes come into conflict.’
      • ‘We agreed that they are wrong from the moral and political point of view and they should end.’
      • ‘On the other hand, a duty is a moral obligation to do one specific thing over another without the freedom to decide.’
    2. 1.2attributive Examining the nature of ethics and the foundations of good and bad character and conduct.
      ‘moral philosophers’
      • ‘Smith was a moral philosopher and as such his role was ‘to do nothing, and observe everything’.’
      • ‘David was a moral philosopher and historian and a leading member of the Scottish Enlightenment.’
  • 2Holding or manifesting high principles for proper conduct.

    ‘he prides himself on being a highly moral and ethical person’
    ‘he is a caring, moral man’
    • ‘Probably, the sense of moral superiority and entrenched bureaucratic power is similar at both locations.’
    • ‘It's about getting ideas out to the readers, not about the moral character of the writer (or at least it should be about it).’
    • ‘Ms Lay said her husband is an ‘honest, decent, moral human begin who would do absolutely nothing wrong.’’
    • ‘We don't just leave our ethical and moral selves at the door when we go to work.’
    • ‘The root cause of crime is a lack of moral character.’
    • ‘An election of a high standard should start with the moral character and conduct of the candidate.’
    • ‘So what we ask is a peaceful message to, you know, to let people have their right to have healthy bodies and to cultivate their good moral characters.’
    • ‘This is no romantic and idealistic battle for higher principles, fought by a moral and ethical aristocratic elite according to chivalric rules.’
    • ‘These debates are driven by contrasting moral visions of the proper authority of teachers and the proper docility of students.’
    • ‘What is the proper role for the military in this new political and moral relationship?’
    • ‘And I agree: it's about a moral character in an immoral world.’
    • ‘The sense of moral superiority afforded by this point of view was perhaps in lieu of economic, educational, and social opportunities.’
    • ‘Thus, the formation of moral character in nursing forms the foundation for practice.’
    • ‘The youths' values reflect a sense of moral self which is communal and is connected to others.’
    • ‘His pristine moral character exemplifies the power of human resolve, perseverance, and faith.’
    • ‘And I think by what your values are you're going to instill in the students some sense of moral values.’
    • ‘Living an ethical, moral life should be one of the biggest priorities we have.’
    virtuous, good, righteous, upright, upstanding, high-minded, right-minded, principled, proper, honourable, honest, just, noble, incorruptible, scrupulous, respectable, decent, irreproachable, truthful, law-abiding, clean-living, chaste, pure, blameless, sinless
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noun

  • 1A lesson that can be derived from a story or experience.

    ‘the moral of this story was that one must see the beauty in what one has’
    • ‘The moral of this story is to get it right the first time.’
    • ‘So the moral of the story is, don't form an opinion until you've tried it for yourself.’
    • ‘The moral of this story: Do not assume that I'm friendly and approachable.’
    • ‘I guess the moral of this story is to question, always question.’
    • ‘As always the moral of this story is to use you credit card for any sizeable purchases as any problem with the goods or retailer become the card company's problem rather than yours.’
    • ‘The moral of this story is corny but true: it is better to have loved deeply and have lost than not to have loved at all.’
    • ‘Perhaps the moral of this story is that you can't win.’
    • ‘The moral of this story for everyone involved is don't bite the hand that feeds you.’
    • ‘So I guess the moral of this story is that you should never take things for granted.’
    • ‘The moral of this story is not that honesty works.’
    • ‘So here's the moral of this story, and it's intended for the hotel industry: Get back to basics already.’
    • ‘And the moral of this story is, people who don't learn to take responsibility for their own actions often end up in prison.’
    • ‘You should accept who you are, that is the moral of this tale.’
    • ‘The moral of this story is never think that everything will be easy, and that you have to make mistakes and work for every crumb that comes your way.’
    • ‘Then I'll tell you: The moral of this story is to know what you fight for.’
    • ‘The moral of this story is: the camera never lies so don't leave home without one.’
    • ‘I can't find a moral in the story, or a worth-while lesson to be learned of it.’
    • ‘The moral of this story is always stick to what you do best.’
    lesson, message, meaning, significance, signification, import, point, precept, teaching
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  • 2moralsStandards of behaviour; principles of right and wrong.

    ‘the corruption of public morals’
    ‘they believe addicts have no morals and cannot be trusted’
    • ‘There is such a thing as a modicum of decency and morals of public behaviour.’
    • ‘What had really aggravated me was that she had made assumptions about my morals and integrity and was judging me accordingly knowing very little about my situation.’
    • ‘I suppose my image has changed but I'd like to think I'm still the same Vivienne and that my principles and morals are the same.’
    • ‘My mum's problem is that her sense of right and wrong - her morals - is more important to her than her own safety.’
    • ‘However, it is not too much to ask them to themselves act with strong morals and integrity, or else they may be prone to bribery or other forms of corruption.’
    • ‘I do have morals and standards but about things which really matter, such as the growing number of homeless people in our city centre or the rising number of drug related crimes.’
    • ‘Generally, they do not care about morals and principles, as if such things had nothing to do with them.’
    • ‘Her take on opposing views seems a bit wrong, and her concept of morals seems largely centered around material things.’
    • ‘I am satisfied that their ability to prosecute by way of laying information derives from it being a matter of public policy and one which concerns the public morals.’
    • ‘My mother and father did a great job in instilling the morals and principles in us from the very beginning.’
    • ‘We create such morals based on the collective opinion that murder is wrong.’
    • ‘I guess it all depends on your own standards or morals really.’
    • ‘It totally overlooks right and wrong, morals, discipline, and manners.’
    • ‘Raids were also conducted on premises to look for any behavior which might affront public morals.’
    • ‘A lot of people teach morals and I believe that everybody has their own standard of morals.’
    • ‘The final decades of the seventeenth century had seen a distinct decline in public manners and morals.’
    • ‘Everyone has their morals regarding public nudity.’
    • ‘Relevant dimensions of difference include morals, values, standards, beliefs, and attitudes.’
    • ‘They needed to learn integrity, character, morals, and faith by example.’
    • ‘Two common law offences need consideration, namely, conspiracy to corrupt public morals, and outraging public decency.’
    moral code, code of ethics, moral standards, moral values, principles, principles of right and wrong, rules of conduct, principles of behaviour, standards of behaviour, standards, morality, sense of morality, scruples, ideals
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin moralis, from mos, mor- ‘custom’, (plural) mores ‘morals’. As a noun the word was first used to translate Latin Moralia, the title of St Gregory the Great's moral exposition of the Book of Job, and was subsequently applied to the works of various classical writers.

Pronunciation

moral

/ˈmɒr(ə)l/