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According to, Ethics is…

plural noun

1.(used with a singular or plural verb) a system of moral principles:

the ethics of a culture.

2.the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class ofhuman actions or a particular group, culture, etc.:

medical ethics; Christian ethics.

3.moral principles, as of an individual:

His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence.

4.(usually used with a singular verb) that branch of philosophy dealingwith values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightnessand wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness ofthe motives and ends of such actions.


1.the body of moral principles or values governing or distinctive of aparticular culture or group:

the Christian ethic; the tribal ethic of the Zuni.

2.a complex of moral precepts held or rules of conduct followed by anindividual:

a personal ethic.”

According to the Collins English Dictionary, Ethics is…

1.(functioning as sing) the philosophical study of the moral value of human conduct and of the rules and principles that ought to govern it; moral philosophy 

2.(functioning as pl) a social, religious, or civil code of behavior considered correct, esp that of a particular group, profession, or individual

3.(functioning as pl) the moral fitness of a decision, course of action,etc: he doubted the ethics  of  their verdict

  1. a moral principle or set of moral values held by an individual or group:the Puritan ethic


According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the root of the term Ethics comes from…

"the science of morals," c.1600, plural of Middle English ethik "study of morals". The word also traces to Ta Ethika, title of Aristotle's work.

late 14c., ethik "study of morals," from Old French etique (13c.), from LateLatin ethica, from Greek ethike philosophia "moral philosophy," fem. Of ethikos "ethical," from ethos "moral character," related to ethos "custom". Meaning "a person's  moral principles" is attested from1650s.

According to The American Heritage Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, the term Ethics in the medical field means…

The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the conduct of the members of a profession.

According to The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Ethics as it relates to culture means…

The branch of philosophy that deals with morality. Ethics is concerned with distinguishing between good and evil in the world, between right and wrong human actions, and between virtuous and non-virtuous characteristics of people.

Works Cited

"ethics." The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005. 01 Feb. 2015.>.

"ethics." The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Company. 01 Feb. 2015.>.

"ethics." Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 01 Feb. 2015.>.

"ethics." Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 01 Feb. 2015.>.

"ethics." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. 01 Feb. 2015.>.

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