Ethics

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  1. (functioning as singular) The philosophical study of the moral value of human conduct and of the rules and principles that ought to govern it; moral philosophy See also meta-ethics 
  2. (functioning as plural) A social, religious, or civil code of behaviour considered correct, esp that of a particular group, profession, or individual
  3. (functioning as plural) The moral fitness of a decision, course of action, etc

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  1. The study of standards of conduct and moral judgment; moral philosophy
  2. A treatise on this study 
  3. [with sing. or pl. v.] The system or code of morals of a particular person, religion, group, profession, etc.

 Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. 

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