moral certainty

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n moral certainty certainty based on an inner conviction "she believed in the importance of moral absolutes and moral certainty","the prosecutor had a moral certainty that the prisoner was guilty"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Moral certainty a very high degree or probability, although not demonstrable as a certainty; a probability of so high a degree that it can be confidently acted upon in the affairs of life; as, there is a moral certainty of his guilt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Moral certainty a conviction so justifiable that one is morally entitled to act on it
    • Moral certainty a likelihood so great as to be safely acted on, although not capable of being certainly proved
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. moralismos, moris, custom.

Usage

In literature:

From them, however, I acquired a moral certainty that Manucci was my father's murderer.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 350, December 1844" by Various
The certainty that she couldn't go to Norway, that James must be made to see it, was a moral buttress.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
It is an absolute moral certainty that inside of six months some State will open the door and women will enter the political forum.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
I'm content with your moral certainty.
"The Wings of the Dove, Volume II" by Henry James
Moral certainties did not count until some series of outrages resulted in mob action.
"Gold" by Stewart White
It is true, as they say, that moral certainty is one thing, legal certainty another.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
Now that he had this moral certainty Lee felt that strange and mystical elation which comes to the soldier at the zero hour in war.
"The Brain" by Alexander Blade
The next hole was over four hundred yards long, and as such should have been a moral certainty for Pip.
""Pip"" by Ian Hay
There is no certainty, except when it is physically or morally impossible that the thing can be otherwise.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Moral certainty, is the certainty which lies between the connexion of motive and will.
"A Review of Edwards's" by Henry Tappan
Moral truths considered in themselves have no less certainty than mathematical truths.
"Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good" by Victor Cousin
Moral certainty in such a matter as this is nothing, and counts for nothing.
"The Red Derelict" by Bertram Mitford
There is almost a moral certainty that De Soto must have crossed the river above this place.
"Scenes and Adventures in the Semi-Alpine Region of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
That she was also mysteriously connected with the abduction of the child, he felt was a moral certainty.
"An Oregon Girl" by Alfred Ernest Rice
In a case like this, moral certainty assumes the force of scientific certainty.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. VI (of VI), "Spanish Passions" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
There seemed a certainty of success in his earthly calling, a risk only of moral disaster.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Genesis" by Marcus Dods
No moods can shake our confidence; no griefs confuse us, no moral failures quench our certainty.
"The Meaning of Faith" by Harry Emerson Fosdick
She went home conscious that, if she had not acquired any distinct information, she had at least gained a moral certainty.
"Miss Marjoribanks" by Mrs (Margaret) Oliphant
But it will never assume that a moral judgment which reaches certainty is possible.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey
This confidence is not logical, but moral certainty.
"A History of Philosophy in Epitome" by Albert Schwegler
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