Adjective "ethical" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to moral principles or the branch of knowledge dealing with these.
  1. 'ethical standards'
  2. 'There is a general difficulty in inferring the underlying values or ethical principles that support social practices.'
  3. 'Surely humans have the ability to intervene in any number of moral and ethical issues purely by virtue of their sentience?'
  4. 'The way scientific knowledge is used raises ethical issues for everyone involved, not just scientists.'
  5. 'Consequently, the Authority's discretion on issues of ethical principle is difficult to challenge.'
  6. 'Not long ago researchers examining ethical issues in medicine and health care had a different focus.'
  7. 'Respectable ad agencies, of course, will insist that their own ethical standards are unimpeachable.'
  8. 'In legal terms you might argue that they should be treated differently but in moral and ethical terms I see no difference.'
  9. 'It is the ethical codes of the professional groups that prevent notification.'
  10. 'In this case, the mother was not arguing a religious, moral or ethical principle.'
  11. 'One may occasionally hear the claim that human use of animals raises no ethical issues whatsoever.'
  12. 'Was it medically ethical for a doctor to go to these extremes to test a patient's grasp on reality?'
  13. 'Does an organization need ethical leadership in order to be effective and successful?'
  14. 'The information is in the public domain and it is ethical to republish it in the BMJ.'
  15. 'Reaffirmation of values and morality can lead to a return to an ethical profession.'
  16. 'As healthcare providers, we often wonder whether it is ethical to use a control group or not.'
  17. 'He was convinced that the lower classes must fear God in order to be ethical.'
  18. 'switching to more ethical products'
  19. 'ethical holidays'
  20. 'Approximately 60 %, however, believed that ethical dilemmas are an avoidable consequence of doing business.'
  21. 'To me, there are few things as beautiful as an ethical, profitable, customer-centered, well-run company.'
  22. 'Without mandated standards, many corporate managers are left with some thorny ethical dilemmas.'
  23. 'Ethical investment funds are committed to the principle that investors must accept some responsibility for the actions of the companies from which they profit.'
  24. 'Then there are the so-called ' light green ' funds, somewhat like a Diet Coke in the world of ethical investing.'
  25. 'Increasingly, more insurers are partaking in agreements and codes of conduct which bind us to the correct ethical position for the long-term future.'
  26. 'Mack is also pulling the plug on ventures that could blur ethical lines.'
  27. 'The chapter discusses both the ethical implications of social psychological research findings and the ethical decisions implicit in how social influence research is conducted.'
  28. 'We want to be known as an ethical firm on Wall Street, and we want to be trusted.'
  29. 'Data within the October edition of Money Management supports the view that ethical investing is generally no better than blindly holding an index tracker.'
(of a medicine) legally available only on a doctor's prescription and usually not advertised to the general public.
  1. 'Early returns from a survey now going on in San Francisco indicate that use of ethical drugs is indeed more common in better educated and higher income groups.'


1. pertaining to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right and wrong in conduct.

2. being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice, especially the standards of a profession: It was not considered ethical for physicians to advertise.

3. (of drugs) sold only upon medical prescription.

More examples(as adjective)

"issues can be ethical."

"standards can be ethical."

"problems can be ethical."

"questions can be ethical."

"committees can be ethical."

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