Definition of "moral" []

  • Of or concerned with the judgment of the goodness or badness of human action and character: moral scrutiny; a moral quandary. (adjective)
  • Teaching or exhibiting goodness or correctness of character and behavior: a moral lesson. (adjective)
  • Conforming to standards of what is right or just in behavior; virtuous: a moral life. (adjective)
  • Arising from conscience or the sense of right and wrong: a moral obligation. (adjective)
  • Having psychological rather than physical or tangible effects: a moral victory; moral support. (adjective)
  • Concerned with or relating to human behaviour, esp the distinction between good and bad or right and wrong behaviour (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Adhering to conventionally accepted standards of conduct (adjective)
  • Based on a sense of right and wrong according to conscience (adjective)
  • Having psychological rather than tangible effects (adjective)
  • Having the effects but not the appearance of (victory or defeat) (adjective)
  • Having a strong probability (adjective)
  • (of evidence, etc) based on a knowledge of the tendencies of human nature (adjective)
  • The lesson to be obtained from a fable or event (noun)
  • A concise truth; maxim (noun)
  • Principles of behaviour in accordance with standards of right and wrong (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "moral" in a sentence
  • "If we are going to debate the question whether there is a need for moral principles, we need some idea of what we mean by a ˜moral principle™."
  • "Assuming an action has moral worth only if it expresses a good will, such actions have no genuine ˜moral worth™."
  • "What I mean by "Moral Primary" is a moral concept which need not be justified on the basis of any other * moral* premise."