Definition of moral in English:

moral

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɒr(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 2Holding or manifesting high principles for proper conduct: he prides himself on being a highly moral and ethical person he is a caring, moral man
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    • These debates are driven by contrasting moral visions of the proper authority of teachers and the proper docility of students.
    • What is the proper role for the military in this new political and moral relationship?
    • Ms Lay said her husband is an ‘honest, decent, moral human begin who would do absolutely nothing wrong.’

noun

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  • 1A lesson that can be derived from a story or experience: the moral of this story was that one must see the beauty in what one has
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    • The moral of this story is not that honesty works.
    • As always the moral of this story is to use you credit card for any sizeable purchases as any problem with the goods or retailer become the card company's problem rather than yours.
    • I guess the moral of this story is to question, always question.
    Synonyms
    lesson, message, meaning, significance, signification, import, point, precept, teaching
  • 2 (morals) Standards of behaviour; principles of right and wrong: the corruption of public morals they believe addicts have no morals and cannot be trusted
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    • There is such a thing as a modicum of decency and morals of public behaviour.
    • I suppose my image has changed but I'd like to think I'm still the same Vivienne and that my principles and morals are the same.
    • My mother and father did a great job in instilling the morals and principles in us from the very beginning.
    Synonyms
    moral code, code of ethics, moral standards, moral values, principles, principles of right and wrong, rules of conduct, standards/principles of behaviour, standards, morality, sense of morality, scruples, ideals

Derivatives

morally

adverb
theories which assert that all inequality is morally wrong his morally bankrupt lifestyle the task of education was to reinvigorate citizenship in order that pupils might act morally
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  • Miss Lyall said the ‘ludicrous idea’ would have been morally and ethically wrong.
  • He did something morally and ethically wrong, but he did not breach any laws.
  • Secondly, as has been stressed before, it is legally and morally wrong to promote racism.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin moralis, from mos, mor- 'custom', (plural) mores 'morals'. As a noun the word was first used to translate Latin Moralia, the title of St Gregory the Great's moral exposition of the Book of Job, and was subsequently applied to the works of various classical writers.

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