• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ethical conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior "an ethical lawyer","ethical medical practice","an ethical problem","had no ethical objection to drinking","Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants"- Omar N. Bradley"
    • adj ethical adhering to ethical and moral principles "it seems ethical and right","followed the only honorable course of action"
    • adj ethical of or relating to the philosophical study of ethics "ethical codes","ethical theories"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ethical Of, or belonging to, morals; treating of the moral feelings or duties; containing percepts of morality; moral; as, ethic discourses or epistles; an ethical system; ethical philosophy. "The ethical meaning of the miracles."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ethical Relating to morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong in the abstract or in conduct; pertaining or relating to ethics.
    • ethical In a special sense, relating to medical ethics or in accord with the code of rules which guides physicians in their relations to one another and to their patients.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ethical relating to the science of ethics
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  • Manly Hall
    Manly Hall
    “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.”
  • Freda Adler
    Freda Adler
    “Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.”
  • Adrian Cadbury
    Adrian Cadbury
    “Shelving hard decisions is the least ethical course.”
  • Georg Hegel
    “Education is the art of making man ethical.”
  • V. Raymond Edman
    V. Raymond Edman
    “Evangelical faith without Christian ethics is a travesty on the gospel.”
  • Sir John Harvey
    Sir John Harvey
    “It horrifies me that ethics is only an optional extra at Harvard Business School.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ethicus, Gr. , fr. custom, usage, character, dwelling; akin to custom, Goth. sidus, G. sitte, Skr. svadh, prob. orig., one's own doing; sva, self + dh, to set: cf. F. éthique,. See So Do
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. ēthikosēthos, custom.


In literature:

It is now necessary to look a little closer at the ethical implications of the evolutionary process.
"Theism or Atheism" by Chapman Cohen
The inference, it must be admitted, is an awkward one in any ethical system.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
Ethically, I am inclined to believe the religion of the Ainus is just as high as was that of the Incas.
"Religion and Lust" by James Weir
The soul of Homer is ethical, and that is what makes him immortal.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
No one would judge the actions of Charlemagne or of his contemporaries by the strict rules of nineteenth-century ethics.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
Our ethics are bounded by doctrines and dogmas.
"The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance" by Paul Elmer More
Its role in ethics, 98.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
I've given you enough ethics for one talk, I think!
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Both ethics and aesthetics have suffered much from the prejudice against the subjective.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
Must a man live in the woods, to form his own ethical code?
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol

In poetry:

Poems of ethical thought is she,
Divinely sung on every page;
All her womanly heart engaged
With love of me, with love of me.
"My List Of Beautiful Things" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
My family ghosts I fought and routed,
Their values, though, I never doubted:
I thought the Protestant Work-Ethic
Both practical and sympathetic.
"Doggerel" by W H Auden
All nations live by ideals; but in need
They linger with no ethic obsolete;
They bend the knee to no unfriendly creed;
But tramp their values firm beneath an army's feet.
"Reason And Honour " by Eden Phillpotts
Starve thou the soul of the world,
Brother, as I the body !
Shall we not glut our lust
On these wretches whom Fate hath hurled
To a hell of jesus and shoddy,
Dung and ethics and dust ?
"The Twins" by Aleister Crowley

In news:

Overall concludes that the ratio of one adult to one child makes the most ethical sense.
No mention was made of the ethical controversies clouding his past.
Jonathan Justus, Part 3: A local guide to shopping ethically and sustainably.
4 Two ethical principles play central roles in obstetric ethics and therefore in defining the obstetrician's obligations in the informed consent process.
Those reasons involve work ethic, vision, common sense, and yes, the environment into which we are born.
How individuals respond to these ethical dilemmas depends on their previous experiences with unethical behavior, their individual personality traits, and their ethical values, as well as their knowledge of ethical principles (Clancy, 2003).
Rushworth Kidder, who passed away on March 5, was a former Monitor columnist and a leading advocate of ethical conduct in business, government, education, and personal life.
Are there any ethical guidelines that could help resolve the current impasse over immigration reform.
200 years after the birth of Charles Darwin, his theory of natural selection continues to inform current practice in medicine and the related discipline of bioethics or health ethics.
1,000-yard season: Marshawn Lynch reaps benefits of his work ethic: another milestone season.
The revised Rules may affect the analysis and conclusions contained in the opinion, and the opinion is under review by the Ethics Committee in light of the revised Rules.
Occasionally we have meetings to keep us updated on things like ethics and FCC regulations.
Do Ethics Guidelines Threaten Freewheeling Social Media.
A newspaper typically gets applause when it tightens its ethics policies.
DFLers file Newman ethics complaint.

In science:

To implement features such as trust, reliability, resilience and respect for basic ethical values, a new generation of self-organising and self-regulating, socially interactive ICT systems is required.
In particular, emphasis will be on: (a) the ICT Systems Challenge, (b) the Ethical and Value Sensitive ICT Challenge and (c) the Challenge of Collective Awareness and Socially Interactive ICT and (d) the Challenge of Socially Inspired Self-Organisation.
The Challenge of Ethical and Value-Sensitive ICT Some of the main ethical concerns addressed by FuturICT are privacy, trust, and responsible use.
Perhaps the most important difference between FuturICT and all related large-scale projects lies in our ethical and value-oriented approach.
In contrast, privacy and ethical aspects are a core research topic of FuturICT and will be embedded into the core operational and design principles of the underlying ICT technology.