Definition of morality in English:


Line breaks: mor¦al|ity
Pronunciation: /məˈralɪti

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.
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.


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

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