morality

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 protectors of public morality.
conventional/traditional morality
a lack of concern for conventional morality
2.) the degree to which something is right or acceptable
morality of
a discussion on the morality of abortion

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • morality — *goodness, virtue, rectitude Analogous words: integrity, probity, honor, *honesty: *excellence, perfection, virtue, merit …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • 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… …   Wikipedia

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