American English

Definition of ethical adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    jump to other results
  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)
adverb The committee judged that he had not behaved ethically. Doctors felt ethically obliged to continue the treatment.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: ethical