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morality Syllabification: mo·ral·i·ty
Pronunciation: /məˈralədē/

Definition of morality in English:

noun (plural moralities)

1Principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.
Example sentences
  • Does our intuition in favour of meaningful commitments violate the idea that morality concerns consequences?
  • In the course of what I have to say, the distinction between morality as convenience and morality as ideal will virtually collapse, along with a good deal else.
  • The background thought is then that morality is concerned with the production and fair distribution of human good.
ethics, rights and wrongs, ethicality
virtue, goodness, good behavior, righteousness, rectitude, uprightness;
morals, principles, honesty, integrity, propriety, honor, justice, decency;
ethics, standards/principles of behavior, mores, standards
1.1A particular system of values and principles of conduct, especially one held by a specified person or society: a bourgeois morality
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  • I feel protective of her because people are judging her by today's moralities and it was very, very different then.
  • But Christian morality is based on the Christian worldview.
  • The morality of a country is judged by the way it treats its animals.
1.2The extent to which an action is right or wrong: behind all the arguments lies the issue of the morality of the possession of nuclear weapons
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  • Laurel had never before thought to question the morality of what she was doing; she had merely done what was necessary to find out the truth.
  • The morality of all actions is defined in relation to outcomes.
  • Understand, I'm not judging the morality of recreational drug use here.


Late Middle English: from Old French moralite or late Latin moralitas, from Latin moralis (see moral).

Words that rhyme with morality

banality, duality, fatality, finality, ideality, legality, locality, modality, natality, orality, reality, regality, rurality, tonality, totality, venality, vitality, vocality
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