[ US /ˈɛθɪkəɫ/ ]
[ UK /ˈɛθɪkə‍l/ ]
  1. conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior
    an ethical problem
    had no ethical objection to drinking
    ethical medical practice
    an ethical lawyer
    Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants
  2. of or relating to the philosophical study of ethics
    ethical theories
    ethical codes
  3. adhering to ethical and moral principles
    it seems ethical and right
    followed the only honorable course of action
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How To Use ethical In A Sentence

  • By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe. Albert Schweitzer 
  • Such a usage is ethically unacceptable, politically manipulative and decidedly unhistorical.
  • A second preoccupation evident in these papers is responsibility, and what could roughly be described as the ethical dimension of conceptualisation.
  • How that rule would apply to those currently incarcerated is unclear, but in any event, the benefits of this ethically questionable legislation would arguably be minimal. News Item
  • ‘By ignoring ethical business practices, small businesses are missing a trick,’ he said.
  • The following day, North accused his bosses of appalling, dishonest and unethical behaviour.
  • Posting articles about ethical polyamoury on a philanderer's site is like putting pictures of hands on a foot fetishist site.
  • This bout of introspection has been brought on by my most recent ethical hiccup. Times, Sunday Times
  • The fact that we do not have immortal souls does not justify unethical behavior.
  • Would you trust this man to behave fairly, honestly, and ethically in his portfolio?
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