Definition of ethical adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈeθɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈeθɪkl//
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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) See related entries: Moral
  3. Extra examples She objected on purely ethical grounds. Doctors were expected to draw up ethical guidelines regarding relationships with patients. I don’t consider the arms trade to be an ethical one. Our overseas suppliers are obliged to comply with certain ethical principles. The use of human embryos in medicine is a difficult ethical issue. There needs to be a greater emphasis on ethical investment. There’s an overwhelming ethical argument for the protection of the environment. What kind of ethical and political values underpin our society?
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