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  1. eth·ic
    IPA[ˈeTHik]
  2. n. noun

    • 1. 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

    adjective

    • 1. of or relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: ethic, plural noun: ethics

    • noun

      a set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct:
    • adjective

      relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these.
    • plural

      moral principles that govern a person's or group's behavior:

      the moral correctness of specified conduct:

    • plural

      moral principles that govern a person's behaviour or the conducting of an activity:

      the branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles.

    • n. noun

      the principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward.
    • n. noun

      the view that a person's duty is to achieve success through hard work and thrift, such success being a sign that one is saved.
    • noun

      the view that a person's duty and responsibility is to achieve success through hard work and thrift.
    • noun

      the principle that hard work is intrinsically virtuous or worthy of reward.
    • plural

      the doctrine of flexibility in the application of moral laws according to circumstances.
    • plural

      the doctrine of flexibility in the application of moral laws according to circumstances.
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