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Noun: ethics  e-thiks
  1. Motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
    - ethical motive, morals, morality
  2. The philosophical study of moral values and rules
    - moral philosophy
Noun: ethic  e-thik
  1. The principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group
    "the Puritan ethic";
    - moral principle, value-system, value orientation
  2. A system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct
    - ethical code

Type of: motivation, motive, need, philosophy, principle, system, system of rules

Encyclopedia: Ethics, institutions, and the right to philosophy