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ethic

eth·ic

ethic

 
pronunciation:
e thihk
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a set of moral principles and values.
The immigrants brought with them a strong work ethic.
definition 2: (pl.) an individual's or group's moral principles.
The company tries to base its decisions on the ethics of its founders rather than purely on profit-making principles.The Ten Commandments, including "Thou shalt not kill" and "Thou shalt not steal," are part of the ethics taught by the Jewish and Christian religions.
derivation: ethicist (n.)