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ethical

eth·i·cal

ethical

 
pronunciation:
eth ih kl
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or concerning ethics.
Mercy killing is seen as an ethical dilemma.Advances in medical science often bring up ethical questions.
similar words:
conscientious, moral, religious
definition 2: morally justified; conforming to a set of moral principles, esp. of a profession or other group.
Animal rights groups argue that the use of these animals in experiments is not ethical even though it is legal.
antonyms:
immoral, unprincipled, wrong
similar words:
moral, scrupulous, virtuous
definition 3: of drugs, not advertised, and sold only on a doctor's prescription.
derivations: ethically (adv.), ethicality (n.), ethicalness (n.)