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Definition of "ethical" []

  • Of, relating to, or dealing with ethics. (adjective)
  • Being in accordance with the accepted principles of right and wrong that govern the conduct of a profession. See Synonyms at moral. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a drug dispensed solely on the prescription of a physician. (adjective)
  • An ethical drug. (noun)

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.

Use "ethical" in a sentence
  • "Thomas Baldwin was not exaggerating much when he claimed that, “twentieth century British ethical theory is unintelligible without reference to Principia Ethica; its history until 1960 or so being, in brief, that although Moore was taken to have refuted ˜ethical naturalism™, Moore's own brand of ˜ethical non-naturalism™ was thought to make unacceptable metaphysical and epistemological demands; so the only recourse was to abandon belief in an objective moral reality and accept an emotivist, prescriptivist or otherwise anti-realist, account of ethical values.”"
  • "We have associated the term ethical with certain special acts which are labeled virtues and are set off from the mass of other acts, and are still more divorced from the habitual images and motives of the children performing them."
  • "Brigham said there is no specific definition of the term ethical for the rankings."