Definition of ethic noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    ethic

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    NAmE//ˈɛθɪk//
     
     
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  1. 1ethics [plural] moral principles that control or influence a person's behavior professional/business/medical ethics to draw up a code of ethics He began to question the ethics of his position.
  2. 2[singular] a system of moral principles or rules of behavior a strongly defined work ethic the Protestant ethic
  3. 3ethics [uncountable] the branch of philosophy that deals with moral principles
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