morality

  • 1 Morality — • Morality is antecedent to ethics: it denotes those concrete activities of which ethics is the science. It may be defined as human conduct in so far as it is freely subordinated to the ideal of what is right and fitting Catholic Encyclopedia.… …

    Catholic encyclopedia

  • 2 Morality — Mo*ral i*ty, n.; pl. {Moralities}. [L. moralitas: cf. F. moralit[ e].] 1. The relation of conformity or nonconformity to the moral standard or rule; quality of an intention, a character, an action, a principle, or a sentiment, when tried by the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 morality — (n.) late 14c., moral qualities, from O.Fr. moralité moral (of a story); moral instruction; morals, moral character (13c.) and directly from L.L. moralitatem (nom. moralitas) manner, character, from L. moralis (see MORAL (Cf. moral) (adj.)).… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 morality — [mō ral′i tē, môral′i tē, məral′i tē] n. pl. moralities [ME moralite < OFr < LL moralitas < L moralis] 1. moral quality or character; rightness or wrongness, as of an action 2. the character of being in accord with the principles or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 morality — index ethics, integrity, principle (virtue), probity, propriety (correctness), rectitude, resp …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 morality — *goodness, virtue, rectitude Analogous words: integrity, probity, honor, *honesty: *excellence, perfection, virtue, merit …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 morality — [n] ethics, honesty chastity, conduct, decency, ethicality, ethicalness, gentleness, godliness, good habits, goodness, honor, ideals, incorruptibility, incorruption, integrity, justice, manners, moral code, morals, mores, philosophy, principle,… …

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  • 8 morality — ► NOUN (pl. moralities) 1) principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behaviour. 2) moral behaviour. 3) the extent to which an action is right or wrong. 4) a system of values and moral principles …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 Morality — Appropriate redirects here. For other uses, see Appropriation (disambiguation). Morality (from the Latin moralitas manner, character, proper behavior ) is the differentiation among intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good… …

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  • 10 morality — mo|ral|i|ty [məˈrælıti] n [U] 1.) beliefs or ideas about what is right and wrong and about how people should behave ▪ sexual morality public/private/personal morality ▪ the decline in standards of personal morality ▪ The authorities are… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 morality — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ conventional, traditional ▪ strict ▪ personal, private ▪ common, public, social …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 morality — [[t]məræ̱lɪti[/t]] moralities 1) N UNCOUNT Morality is the belief that some behaviour is right and acceptable and that other behaviour is wrong. ...standards of morality and justice in society. ...an effort to preserve traditional morality. Syn:… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 morality */ — UK [məˈrælətɪ] / US noun Word forms morality : singular morality plural moralities 1) a) [uncountable] principles of right or wrong behaviour As a novelist, she has never been very preoccupied by morality. b) [countable/uncountable] a system of… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 morality — noun 1 (U) beliefs or ideas about what is right and wrong and about how people should behave: traditional morality | declining standards of morality 2 (U) the degree to which something is right or acceptable (+ of): a discussion on the morality… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 morality — mo|ral|i|ty [ mə ræləti ] noun * 1. ) uncount principles of right or wrong behavior: As a novelist, she is not very preoccupied by morality. a ) count or uncount a system of principles concerning right and wrong behavior that is accepted by a… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 morality — noun 1) the morality of nuclear weapons Syn: ethics, rights and wrongs, whys and wherefores 2) a sharp decline in morality Syn: virtue, good behaviour, righteousness, uprightness, morals, principles, honesty …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 17 morality — noun /məˈɹalɪti/ a) Recognition of the distinction between good and evil or between right and wrong; respect for and obedience to the rules of right conduct; the mental disposition or characteristic of behaving in a manner …

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  • 18 morality — Although the morality of people and their ethics amount to the same thing, there is a usage that restricts morality to systems such as that of Kant, based on notions such as duty, obligation, and principles of conduct, reserving ethics for the… …

    Philosophy dictionary

  • 19 morality — noun 1) the morality of nuclear weapons Syn: ethics, rights and wrongs, ethicality 2) a sharp decline in morality Syn: virtue, goodness, good behavior, righteousness, rectitude, uprightness; morals, principles …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 morality — [məˈræləti] noun [U] 1) principles of right or wrong behaviour standards of morality[/ex] 2) the degree to which something is thought to be right or wrong the continuing debate about the morality of foxhunting[/ex] …

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