Definition of deontological in US English:

deontological

adjective

Philosophy
  • See deontology

    • ‘Classic utilitarianism is consequentialist as opposed to deontological because of what it denies.’
    • ‘As with many hybrid views, the deontological and consequentialist components tend to pull apart, with each threatening to subordinate the other.’
    • ‘These theories are sometimes called deontological, from the Greek word deon, or duty, in view of the foundational nature of our duty or obligation.’
    • ‘This distinction mirrors a major fault line in ethics between what are known as consequentialist and deontological theories.’
    • ‘In the business ethics literature, one finds two dominant approaches to evaluate the ethical nature of one's conduct: teleological ethics and deontological ethics.’

Pronunciation

deontological

/dēˌäntˈäjikəl/