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1. Pertaining to the rightness or wrongness of an act.
2. Ethical; in accord with accepted rules of what is right.
3. Teaching or conveying a moral (i.e., a moral lession).


1. Pertaining to the rightness or wrongness of an act.
2. Ethical; in accord with accepted rules of what is right.


adj relating to the conscience or moral sense or to the general principles of correct conduct.
References in classic literature ?
I quite agree with you,' said the Duchess; `and the moral of that is--"Be what you would seem to be"--or if you'd like it put more simply--"Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.
Governments have their origin in the moral identity of men.
Much has been blind and discreditable, but the nature of the revolution is not affected by the vices of the revolters; for this is a purely moral force.
There is not, among the most religious and instructed men of the most religious and civil nations, a reliance on the moral sentiment and a sufficient belief in the unity of things, to persuade them that society can be maintained without artificial restraints, as well as the solar system; or that the private citizen might be reasonable and a good neighbor, without the hint of a jail or a confiscation.
We might add: the life of spiritual mysticism and simplicity by Wordsworth; the completely balanced life by Tennyson; and the life of moral issues and dramatic moments by Robert Browning.
The active moral impulse which Chaucer and Gower lacked, and a consequent direct confronting of the evils of the age, appear vigorously in the group of poems written during the last forty years of the century and known from the title in some of the manuscripts as 'The Vision of William Concerning Piers the Plowman.
But the poem, though in its final state prolix and structurally formless, exhibits great power not only of moral conviction and emotion, but also of expression--vivid, often homely, but not seldom eloquent.
Its medieval form and setting remove it hopelessly beyond the horizon of general readers of the present time, yet it furnishes the most detailed remaining picture of the actual social and economic conditions of its age, and as a great landmark in the progress of moral and social thought it can never lose its significance.
Instead of asking: What is morally correct, and how are morals justified?
In two experiments, one conducted in-person and the other online, participants were primed to consider a belief in either moral realism (the notion that morals are like facts) or moral antirealism (the belief that morals reflect people's preferences) during a solicitation for a charitable donation.
Ethics is described etymologically as the science of morals (1,602), from the plural of the Middle English term ethik, meaning the study of morals (1,387), which can be traced to the Greek term ethike philosophia, meaning moral philosophy (moral, 2010).
ways of behaving : moral conduct <They have a high standard of morals.