January 23, 2019
ethical (adjective)
\ETH-ih-kul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : of or relating to ethics2 a : following accepted rules of conduct b : following professional standards of conduct
How do you use it?
For many people, the use of animals for scientific research raises difficult ethical questions.
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"Moral," "ethical," "righteous," and "noble" mean behaving in a way that is considered right or good. "Moral" describes actions that match what people usually think are acceptable or expected, as in "the basic moral values of a community." "Ethical" may suggest the involvement of more difficult or subtle questions of rightness, fairness, or equality, as in "committed to the highest ethical principles." "Righteous" stresses lack of guilt or blame, as in "a righteous decision." "Noble" applies to qualities that people admire, such as honesty and selflessness, as in "had noble reasons for seeking office."
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