Definition of morality in English:

morality

Line breaks: mor¦al|ity
Pronunciation: /məˈralɪti
 
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noun (plural moralities)

[mass noun]
  • 1Principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behaviour: the matter boiled down to simple morality: innocent prisoners ought to be freed
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    ethics, rights and wrongs, correctness, ethicalityvirtue, goodness, good behaviour, righteousness, rectitude, uprightness; morals, principles, honesty, integrity, propriety, honour, justice, fair play, justness, decency, probity, chasteness, chastity, purity, blamelessnessmoral standards, morals, moral code, ethics, principles of right and wrong, rules of conduct, standards/principles of behaviour, ethos, mores, standards, ideals
  • 1.1 [count noun] A particular system of values and principles of conduct: 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: 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.

Origin

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

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