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

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