Definition of ethic in English:
- The ethic of public service was passed on from his father, who worked in the island's customs office.
- The programme was also intended to develop the ethic of natural resource conservation.
- Miller was a persistent critic not of commerce, but of the commercial ethic as an all-embracing ideology.
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Late Middle English (denoting ethics or moral philosophy; also used attributively): from Old French éthique, from Latin ethice, from Greek (hē) ēthikē (tekhnē) '(the science of) morals', based on ēthos (see ethos).
At first this term referred to ethics or moral philosophy. It comes via Old French from Latin ethice, from Greek (hē)ēthikē (tekhnē) ‘(the science of) morals’. The base is Greek ēthos ‘nature, disposition’, source of ethos (mid 19th century).
- US English dictionary
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