Definition of morality noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//məˈræləti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//məˈræləti//
    (pl. moralities) Moral
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  1. 1[uncountable] principles concerning right and wrong or good and bad behaviour matters of public/private morality Standards of morality seem to be dropping. See related entries: Moral
  2. 2[uncountable] the degree to which something is right or wrong, good or bad, etc. according to moral principles a debate on the morality of abortion
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] a system of moral principles followed by a particular group of people synonym ethics compare immorality Wordfinderaction, approach, attitude, behaviour, conform, eccentric, etiquette, habit, manners, morality
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French moralite or late Latin moralitas, from Latin moralis, from mos, mor- ‘custom’, (plural) mores ‘morals’.Extra examples She criticized politicians’ standards of personal morality. Should governments be legislating morality? efforts to strengthen traditional morality people who wish to impose their morality on other people A stable society relies on both private and public morality. Do you think standards of morality are falling? He seems to have no personal morality at all. Ideas of traditional morality are being questioned all the time. Sexual morality should be considered a private matter. The church tried to uphold public morality by censoring books and magazines. There is a continuing debate on the morality of abortion. Whatever her personal morality, she has no right to judge others.
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