Definition of ethics in English:

ethics

plural noun

  • 1[usually 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.’
    • ‘I'm not saying that ethics committees that question research proposals are always being pedantic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm curious to know what your ethics committee and university thought of your proposal to do this work?’
    • ‘Conflicting loyalties pose a problem for perioperative nurses dealing with the ethics of advocacy.’
    • ‘Now the couple have been told the private clinic in England is willing to put their case to its ethics committee.’
    • ‘Needless to say, careful review of all clinical trials by properly constituted ethics committees must continue.’
    • ‘Science cannot establish the dignity of human soul, nor can it promote ethics and morality in a society.’
    • ‘The trial was approved by the four local ethics committees.’
    • ‘These questions are subjective and involve our personal and professional ethics and philosophies.’
    • ‘The local research ethics committee approved our study.’
    • ‘If they let this one slide by, it means that they have no morals and no ethics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ethical approval was obtained from 11 local research ethics committees.’
    • ‘It is right here that morals and ethics can and often do go out the door.’
    • ‘The movie raises a lot of legitimate questions about the ethics and philosophical ramifications of cloning.’
    • ‘He also links to some info on a new study being done on the ethics and moral foundations of capitalism.’
    • ‘Some of the new regulations currently in effect are aimed at raising the moral ethics of our people.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Here in this sentence is the heart of Christian philosophical ethics and metaphysics.’
      • ‘I assess the moral legitimacy of sanctions in the contexts of just war doctrine, Kantian ethics, and utilitarianism.’
      • ‘This includes the whole of Buddhist philosophy and ethics.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2[usually treated as singular] The branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles.

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