ethical [eth-i-kuhl] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for ethical on adjective

  1. pertaining to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong in conduct.
  2. being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice, especially the standards of a profession: It was not considered ethical for physicians to advertise.
  3. (of drugs) sold only upon medical prescription.

Origin of ethical First recorded in 1600–10; ethic + -al1 Related formseth·i·cal·ly, adverbeth·i·cal·i·ty, eth·i·cal·ness, nounhy·per·eth·i·cal, adjectivehy·per·eth·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·eth·i·cal, adjectivenon·eth·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·eth·i·cal·ness, nounpseu·do·eth·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·eth·i·cal·ly, adverbsu·per·eth·i·cal, adjectivesu·per·eth·i·cal·ly, adverbun·eth·i·cal, adjectiveSynonyms for ethical See more synonyms for on 2. moral, upright, honest, righteous, virtuous, honorable.Antonyms for ethical 2. immoral. Related Words for ethical virtuous, honest, proper, honorable, principled, humane, clean, conscientious, correct, decent, elevated, equitable, fair, fitting, good, just, kosher, noble, respectable, right Examples from the Web for ethical Contemporary Examples of ethical

  • The founders of Ethical Oil, and opechatesgays, are Hamish Marshall and his wife, Kathryn Marshall.

    How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline

    Jay Michaelson

    December 28, 2014

  • As uncovered by the climate blog desmogblog, the Ethical Oil meme dates to a 2010 book by Ezra Levant.

    How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline

    Jay Michaelson

    December 28, 2014

  • The Ralph Retort, a paragon of ethical journalism websites, decided to make crowdsourcing stuff to discredit me into a project.

    Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up

    Arthur Chu

    November 17, 2014

  • Daniels says, championing the plight of an ethical news producer.

    ‘Newsroom’ Premiere: Aaron Sorkin Puts CNN on Blast Over the Boston Bombing

    Kevin Fallon

    November 10, 2014

  • But it is also a rejoinder to the view, which I expressed, that ethical norms are paramount.

    The Real Enemy of Marital Bliss Are Those Most Opposed to Marriage Equality

    Jay Michaelson

    October 25, 2014

  • Historical Examples of ethical

  • Tears, of course, except in the privacy of one’s closet, were not ethical on the Street.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He might as well say that John Bunyan was deficient in ethical instincts.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • Beneath the surface of his jokes there is moral earnestness, there is ethical passion.

    The American Mind

    Bliss Perry

  • They have all provided ways and means for our ethical evolution.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • It is for you, gentlemen, to see that moral and ethical progress is unbroken.

    Morals in Trade and Commerce

    Frank B. Anderson

  • British Dictionary definitions for ethical ethical adjective

    1. in accordance with principles of conduct that are considered correct, esp those of a given profession or group
    2. of or relating to ethics
    3. (of a medicinal agent) available legally only with a doctor’s prescription or consent

    Derived Formsethically, adverbethicalness or ethicality, noun Word Origin and History for ethical adj.

    c.1600, “pertaining to morality,” from ethic + -al (1). Related: Ethicality; ethically.

    ethical in Medicine ethical [ĕth′ĭ-kəl] adj.

    1. Of, relating to, or dealing with ethics.
    2. Being in accordance with the accepted principles of right and wrong that govern the conduct of a profession.
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