Definition of moral law in English:

moral law


  • (in some systems of ethics) an absolute principle defining the criteria of right action (whether conceived as a divine ordinance or a truth of reason)

    • ‘Where the world once valued autonomy as the recognition that we are bound by moral laws, it now understands autonomy as the existential liberty to compose our lives, and even reality, for ourselves.’
    • ‘The lecturers reminded them that they were rational creatures, and as such, were under a moral law that they must discern and dutifully carry out.’
    • ‘However, the principles of the moral law - the Ten Commandments - were not abrogated.’
    • ‘Heaven and earth fitted together in a divinely ordered coherence, governed by unanswerable moral laws.’
    • ‘We have to establish the idea, there is a natural law, which is a moral law, which does not depend upon anyone's teaching, but it does depend upon our agreeing with it.’
    • ‘God and religion don't guarantee ‘the moral law of human kind’.’
    • ‘The only way of behaving morally, according to Kant's view, was to obey the moral law completely unemotionally, purely for the sake of obeying the law.’
    • ‘Many (if not most) moral systems rely on absolute moral laws that are taken to be objectively true.’