Adjective "moral" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Concerned with the principles of right and wrong behaviour.
  1. 'a moral judgement'
  2. 'I have tremendous respect for the daring, moral courage, and intellectual honesty of this book.'
  3. 'Ms. Colombo said opponents of implants were ‘making a moral judgment, not a medical one.’'
  4. 'Wrong not only for moral reasons, but wrong because it wasn't something I wanted to end up with for the rest of my life.'
  5. 'We can then make objective judgments about moral progress and decline, with respect to that good.'
  6. 'In this respect moral judgments are like judgments of beauty or intelligence.'
  7. 'I'm not going to make moral judgments about all this.'
  8. 'We do not live in an ideal world, and to make moral judgments about the behaviour of others is demeaning.'
  9. 'Throughout his life, he was an example of moral courage and determination and a source of inspiration to millions.'
  10. 'Today's soldiers trust each other, they trust their leaders, they trust the Army, and they also understand the moral dimensions of war.'
  11. 'Not only does he have a righteous motive, but he also has moral courage.'
  12. 'The council said prosecuting people is a last resort but all dog owners must realise that it is their legal as well as their moral duty to dean up after their dog.'
  13. 'It is really up to the individual retailer to decide whether they are doing anything that breaches their legal or moral codes.'
  14. 'Further, the arguments are based in moral rather than legal terms.'
  15. 'Their moral code is based on the idea that right and wrong are constants and that those who disagree are by definition immoral.'
  16. 'And that must be seen as an intensely moral, rather than legal, obligation.'
  17. 'On the other hand, a duty is a moral obligation to do one specific thing over another without the freedom to decide.'
  18. 'Read simply, the Bible serves as the moral code upon which our society is based.'
  19. 'A girl's behaviour was molded to fit a society governed by a strict moral code and rigid social customs.'
  20. 'People see accessibility as a costly hassle rather than a moral duty.'
  21. 'It has to be something of substance, some legal, moral or even social duty, but it has to have substance.'
  22. 'moral philosophers'
  23. 'David was a moral philosopher and historian and a leading member of the Scottish Enlightenment.'
Holding or manifesting high principles for proper conduct.
  1. 'he is a caring, moral man'
  2. 'What is the proper role for the military in this new political and moral relationship?'
  3. 'The youths' values reflect a sense of moral self which is communal and is connected to others.'
  4. 'So what we ask is a peaceful message to, you know, to let people have their right to have healthy bodies and to cultivate their good moral characters.'
  5. 'It's about getting ideas out to the readers, not about the moral character of the writer (or at least it should be about it).'
  6. 'And I agree: it's about a moral character in an immoral world.'
  7. 'Ms Lay said her husband is an ‘honest, decent, moral human begin who would do absolutely nothing wrong.’'
  8. 'The root cause of crime is a lack of moral character.'
  9. 'This is no romantic and idealistic battle for higher principles, fought by a moral and ethical aristocratic elite according to chivalric rules.'


A lesson that can be derived from a story or experience.
  1. 'The moral of this story is to get it right the first time.'
  2. 'So I guess the moral of this story is that you should never take things for granted.'
  3. 'The moral of this story: Do not assume that I'm friendly and approachable.'
  4. 'The moral of this story is not that honesty works.'
  5. 'The moral of this story is never think that everything will be easy, and that you have to make mistakes and work for every crumb that comes your way.'
  6. 'And the moral of this story is, people who don't learn to take responsibility for their own actions often end up in prison.'
  7. 'So the moral of the story is, don't form an opinion until you've tried it for yourself.'
  8. 'The moral of this story is: the camera never lies so don't leave home without one.'
  9. 'As always the moral of this story is to use you credit card for any sizeable purchases as any problem with the goods or retailer become the card company's problem rather than yours.'
Standards of behaviour; principles of right and wrong.
  1. 'they believe addicts have no morals and cannot be trusted'
  2. 'It totally overlooks right and wrong, morals, discipline, and manners.'
  3. 'What had really aggravated me was that she had made assumptions about my morals and integrity and was judging me accordingly knowing very little about my situation.'
  4. 'They needed to learn integrity, character, morals, and faith by example.'
  5. 'Her take on opposing views seems a bit wrong, and her concept of morals seems largely centered around material things.'
  6. 'My mother and father did a great job in instilling the morals and principles in us from the very beginning.'
  7. 'Relevant dimensions of difference include morals, values, standards, beliefs, and attitudes.'
  8. 'A lot of people teach morals and I believe that everybody has their own standard of morals.'
  9. 'I suppose my image has changed but I'd like to think I'm still the same Vivienne and that my principles and morals are the same.'
  10. 'We create such morals based on the collective opinion that murder is wrong.'
  11. 'I do have morals and standards but about things which really matter, such as the growing number of homeless people in our city centre or the rising number of drug related crimes.'


1. of, relating to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical: moral attitudes.

2. expressing or conveying truths or counsel as to right conduct, as a speaker or a literary work.

3. founded on the fundamental principles of right conduct rather than on legalities, enactment, or custom: moral obligations.

4. capable of conforming to the rules of right conduct: a moral being.

5. conforming to the rules of r

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be moral in practices."

"supports can be moral."

"values can be moral."

"grounds can be moral."

"obligations can be moral."

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Late Middle English: from Latin moralis, from mos, mor- ‘custom’, (plural) mores ‘morals’. As a noun the word was first used to translate Latin Moralia, the title of St Gregory the Great's moral exposition of the Book of Job, and was subsequently applied to the works of various classical writers.