Definition of ethics in English:

ethics

plural noun

  • 1usually treated as plural Moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity.

    ‘medical ethics also enter into the question’
    ‘a code of ethics’
    • ‘The study was performed in accordance with the regulations laid down by the hospital's ethics committee.’
    • ‘Our own ethics committee has an important role in guiding us.’
    • ‘In view of these new possibilities, science sees dogmatic ethics and the moral burdens of history as obstacles on the road to progress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Conflicting loyalties pose a problem for perioperative nurses dealing with the ethics of advocacy.’
    • ‘Science cannot establish the dignity of human soul, nor can it promote ethics and morality in a society.’
    • ‘These questions are subjective and involve our personal and professional ethics and philosophies.’
    • ‘Some of the new regulations currently in effect are aimed at raising the moral ethics of our people.’
    • ‘If they let this one slide by, it means that they have no morals and no ethics.’
    • ‘The local research ethics committee approved our study.’
    • ‘Needless to say, careful review of all clinical trials by properly constituted ethics committees must continue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm curious to know what your ethics committee and university thought of your proposal to do this work?’
    • ‘It is right here that morals and ethics can and often do go out the door.’
    • ‘The trial was approved by the four local ethics committees.’
    • ‘He also links to some info on a new study being done on the ethics and moral foundations of capitalism.’
    • ‘I'm not saying that ethics committees that question research proposals are always being pedantic.’
    • ‘Ethical approval was obtained from 11 local research ethics committees.’
    • ‘The movie raises a lot of legitimate questions about the ethics and philosophical ramifications of cloning.’
    • ‘Now the couple have been told the private clinic in England is willing to put their case to its ethics committee.’
    moral code, morals, morality, moral stand, moral principles, moral values, rights and wrongs, principles, ideals, creed, credo, ethos, rules of conduct, standards, standards of behaviour, 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’
      • ‘This includes the whole of Buddhist philosophy and ethics.’
      • ‘Kantian ethics abstracts from the fact that as moral agents we are situated in the context of a history which is both unique and irreversible.’
      • ‘Here in this sentence is the heart of Christian philosophical ethics and metaphysics.’
      • ‘Secular moralists canonized the ethics of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and others.’
      • ‘In Kantian ethics, we are moral agents insofar as we have practical reason (an autonomous will).’
      • ‘I assess the moral legitimacy of sanctions in the contexts of just war doctrine, Kantian ethics, and utilitarianism.’
  • 2usually treated as singular The branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles.

    • ‘Either way the technical difference between moral philosophy and ethics is so minimal as to be irrelevant.’
    • ‘We all know, without the help of philosophy or ethics that we should, in normal circumstances, pay our debts and keep our promises.’
    • ‘He also taught classes on ethics and ancient philosophy.’
    • ‘This is why they devote so much of their time to philosophy, theology and ethics.’
    • ‘He has published more than a dozen articles, chiefly on ancient philosophy and ethics.’
    • ‘Such questions lie more properly within the realm of ethics and philosophy.’
    • ‘Can the scientific theories of Charles Darwin really contribute to our philosophical understanding of ethics?’
    • ‘They thought that fundamental principles of ethics could be seen to be true by the natural light of reason.’
    • ‘Like Marx, he developed not only a theory of economics, but a theory of history, philosophy, and ethics.’
    • ‘Arnold Geulincx, a Flemish philosopher, produced a treatise on ethics along Cartesian lines in 1655.’
    • ‘Much more important were al-Tusi's contributions to philosophy and ethics.’
    • ‘The great theological battles are all built on the philosophical foundations of ethics.’
    • ‘Surely they're old enough to learn about ethics and moral philosophy, tailored to their age.’
    • ‘When it came to a philosophy of politics and ethics, again Archytas based his ideas on mathematical foundations.’
    • ‘From its beginning, ontology has always intimately related to ethics and politics.’
    • ‘Within this context, philosophy and ethics still have a crucial role to play.’
    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

/ˈeTHiks//ˈɛθɪks/