Definition of etics in US English:

etics

noun

Social Sciences Anthropology
  • Chiefly with singular concord. The use of a generalized, non-structural, objective approach to the study or description of a particular language or culture, typically by an outsider; this as an academic discipline. Often contrasted with emics.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in Kenneth Pike (1912–2000). From etic: see -ic.

Pronunciation

etics

/ˈɛtɪks/