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Pronunciation: /ˈɛθɪk

Definition of ethic in English:


[in singular]
A set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct: the puritan ethic was being replaced by the hedonist ethic
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  • 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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Relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these: the ethic question is of wider import
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  • I think there is an ethic question here.
  • Of course these ethic questions must be answered in the comfort of your own home safe and warm at night.


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).

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