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Definition of ethical adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    ethical

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈɛθɪkl//
     
     
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  1. 1connected with beliefs and principles about what is right and wrong ethical issues/standards/questions the ethical problems of human embryo research
  2. 2morally correct or acceptable Is it ethical to promote cigarettes through advertising? ethical investment (= investing money in businesses that are considered morally acceptable)
NAmE//ˈɛθɪkli//
 
adverb The committee judged that he had not behaved ethically. Doctors felt ethically obliged to continue the treatment.
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