moral

moral [môr′əl, mär′əl; ] for n.4 [, mə ral′]
adj.
[ME < L moralis, of manners or customs < mos (gen. moris), pl. mores, manners, morals (see MOOD1): used by CICERO2 as transl. of Gr ēthikos]
1. relating to, dealing with, or capable of making the distinction between right and wrong in conduct
2. relating to, serving to teach, or in accordance with the principles of right and wrong
3. good or right in conduct or character; sometimes, specif., virtuous in sexual conduct
4. designating support, etc. that involves approval and sympathy without action
5. being virtually such because of its effect on thoughts, attitudes, etc., or because of its general results [a moral victory]
6. based on strong probability [a moral certainty]
7. based on the principle of right conduct rather than legality [a moral obligation]
8. Law based on general observation of people, on analogy, etc. rather than on what is demonstrable [moral evidence]
n.
1. a moral implication or moral lesson taught by a fable, event, etc.
2. the conclusion of a fable or story containing a moral lesson
3. [pl.] principles, standards, or habits with respect to right or wrong in conduct; ethics; sometimes, specif., standards of sexual behavior
4. Rare MORALE
morally
adv.
SYN.- MORAL implies conformity with the generally accepted standards of goodness or rightness in conduct or character, sometimes, specif., in sexual conduct [a moral person ]; ETHICAL implies conformity with an elaborated, ideal code of moral principles, sometimes, specif., with the code of a particular profession [an ethical lawyer ]; VIRTUOUS implies a morally excellent character, connoting justice, integrity, and often, specif., chastity; RIGHTEOUS implies a being morally blameless or justifiable [righteous anger ] -ANT. IMMORAL

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  • Moral — Moral …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • moral — moral, ale, aux [ mɔral, o ] adj. et n. m. • 1270; n. m. 1212; lat. moralis, de mores « mœurs » I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ Qui concerne les mœurs, les habitudes et surtout les règles de conduite admises et pratiquées dans une société. Conscience morale. Sens… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Moral — Mor al, a. [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit, way of life, conduct.] 1. Relating to duty or obligation; pertaining to those intentions and actions of which right and wrong, virtue and vice, are predicated, or to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moral — bezeichnet zumeist die faktischen Handlungsmuster, konventionen, regeln oder prinzipien bestimmter Individuen, Gruppen oder Kulturen. So verstanden, sind die Ausdrücke Moral, Ethos oder Sitte weitgehend gleichbedeutend und werden beschreibend… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • moral — adj Moral, ethical, virtuous, righteous, noble are comparable when they mean conforming to a standard of what is right and good. Moral is the most comprehensive term of the group; in all of its pertinent senses it implies a relationship to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • moral — moral, ale (mo ral, ra l ) adj. 1°   Qui concerne les moeurs. Préceptes moraux. Réflexions morales. Les oeuvres morales de Plutarque. Sens, instinct moral.    Contes moraux, contes où l auteur a l intention de faire ressortir une leçon de morale …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • moral — MORÁL, Ă, morali, e, adj., s.n. I. adj. 1. Care aparţine moralei, conduitei admise şi practicate într o societate, care se referă la morală; etic; care este conform cu morala; cinstit, bun; moralicesc. ♦ Care conţine o învăţătură; moralizator. 2 …   Dicționar Român

  • moral — mòrāl m <G morála> DEFINICIJA 1. shvaćanje odnosa prema dobru i zlu u najširem smislu; ukupnost nepisanih društvenih načela, normi, ideala, običaja o ponašanju i odnosima među ljudima koji se nameću savjesti pojedinca i zajednice, u skladu… …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • moral — adjetivo 1. De las costumbres o formas de comportamiento humanas: valor moral, reglas morales, superioridad moral. 2. Que no se funda en pruebas objetivas, sino en la conciencia de cada individuo: Tenías la obligación moral de pagar. 3.… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • moral — I adjective aboveboard, bene moratus, bound by duty, commendable, conscientious, correct, creditable, decent, deserving, duteous, dutiful, estimable, ethical, exemplary, good, high minded, high principled, honest, honestus, honorable, idealistic …   Law dictionary

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