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morality

 [mo-ral´ĭ-te]
accordance with widely shared conventions of right or good conduct that form a stable, but usually incomplete, social consensus; it includes the concept of moral ideals. See also virtue.
principle-based common morality a type of ethical thinking based on premises that are unphilosophical common sense and tradition and come from the morality shared by members of a society. Principle-based theories have an emphasis on obligation and are pluralistic (in contrast to teleological and deontological theories, which are monistic, i.e., have one supreme, absolute principle supporting all other guides in the system). The principles are generally accepted in most types of ethical theory and are what are called “middle level” principles in that they are not the most general principles but are those likely to be acceptable to proponents of different normative theories. This type of thinking has been most influential in bioethics and in nursing.
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Pew asks people about whether having an abortion is morally wrong or morally acceptable?
Brennan argues that fortuitous voting is morally wrong because it imposes unacceptable risk; fortuitous voting is collectively, not individually, risky because each vote has negligible expected influence.
In each case an abortion is morally wrong, but it would be generally accepted that the closer the baby is to birth, the more morally objectionable an abortion is.
It's morally wrong to kill more than 100,000 Iraqis and send more than 1,100 young Americans to their deaths for a cause that is still undefined and a war that was unnecessary.
It's morally wrong, it's politically wrong, it's economically wrong.
Stephens marvelously teases out the double-bind witchcraft theorists found themselves in: aware that contact with demons was morally wrong, they nevertheless craved contact in order to reassure themselves that demons were real; insisting on the reality of demons, they also had to rigorously repress their own doubts.
It is all legal and above board, but morally wrong.
Many people oppose biotechnology, arguing that engineered crops pose intolerable ecological risks, that engineered foods might be toxic or trigger allergies, that the technology will help only big farmers and seed companies, that the government is not regulating engineered crops and foods adequately, that engineered crops threaten organic farms, and that moving genes from one organism to another is morally wrong.
Why is everyone ripping on Eminem ("They Want Your MTV," 10/16/00) when any sane individual would know that it is morally wrong to kill your girlfriend or rape your own mother?
Perhaps more surprising is the finding that 49 percent of the women who believe abortion is morally wrong nevertheless believe that any woman who wants an abortion should be able to obtain it legally.
The Jews of Jerusalem were well aware of their special status and value, but they did not invite immigration, and emigration out of Palestine was not considered by them to be morally wrong.
Americans are often more likely to view behaviors as morally wrong than they are to advocate that these behaviors be made illegal.