Associations to the word «Moral»


MORAL, adjective. Of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behaviour, especially for teaching right behaviour.
MORAL, adjective. Conforming to a standard of right behaviour; sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment.
MORAL, adjective. Capable of right and wrong action.
MORAL, adjective. Probable but not proved.
MORAL, adjective. Positively affecting the mind, confidence, or will.
MORAL, noun. (of a narrative) The ethical significance or practical lesson.
MORAL, noun. Moral practices or teachings: modes of conduct.
MORAL, noun. (obsolete) A morality play.
MORAL ARITHMETIC, noun. Alternative term for felicific calculus
MORAL AUTHORITY, noun. (of a person, institution, or written work) The quality or characteristic of being respected for having good character or knowledge, especially as a source of guidance or an exemplar of proper conduct.
MORAL AUTHORITY, noun. One possessing this characteristic.
MORAL AUTHORITY, noun. The right or power to act (or direct others to act), based on the belief that the actor is moral, rather than on the actor having or needing some formal power to do so.
MORAL CODE, noun. (ethics) A written, formal, and consistent set of rules prescribing righteous behavior, accepted by a person or by a group of people.
MORAL CODES, noun. Plural of moral code
MORAL COMPASS, noun. (usually countable) (idiomatic) (ethics) An inner sense which distinguishes what is right from what is wrong, functioning as a guide (like the needle of a compass) for morally appropriate behavior.
MORAL COMPASS, noun. (usually countable) (idiomatic) (ethics) A person, belief system, etc. serving as a guide for morally appropriate behavior.
MORAL COMPASS, noun. (usually uncountable) (archaic) (idiomatic) (ethics) The full range of virtues, vices, or actions which may affect others and which are available as choices (like the directions on the face of a compass) to a person, to a group, or to people in general.
MORAL COMPASSES, noun. Plural of moral compass
MORAL DIVERSITIES, noun. Plural of moral diversity
MORAL DIVERSITY, noun. Disparity of moral inclinations (the thing discriminated in moralism).
MORAL DIVERSITY, noun. Inconsistency of moral quality.
MORAL DUTY, noun. (legal) Synonym of moral obligation.
MORAL FIBER, noun. (US) Alternative spelling of moral fibre
MORAL FIBRE, noun. (UK) The inner strength to do what one believes to be right; often an ability to make difficult decisions.
MORAL FIBRES, noun. Plural of moral fibre
MORAL FUTURISM, noun. (philosophy) The moral stance of accepting that moral system that is probably going to be dominant in the future.
MORAL HAZARD, noun. (economics) (insurance) The prospect that a party insulated from risk may behave differently from the way it would behave if it were fully exposed to the risk.
MORAL HAZARDS, noun. Plural of moral hazard
MORAL HIGH GROUND, noun. (idiomatic) A position or point of view which is ethically superior or more reputable, in comparison to others which are under consideration.
MORAL HIGH GROUNDS, noun. Plural of moral high ground
MORAL LOW GROUND, noun. (idiomatic) A position or point of view which is unethical or less reputable, in comparison to others which are under consideration.
MORAL LOW GROUNDS, noun. Plural of moral low ground
MORAL MAJORITY, proper noun. (US) A faction of the Republican Party whose policies include conservatism on social and personal matters, marrying religion to the political process. Sometimes pejoratively used to describe the Republican Party since the election of Ronald Reagan to the presidency in 1980.
MORAL MINIMA, noun. Plural of moral minimum
MORAL MINIMUM, noun. (ethics) A standard or principle upheld as indispensable for moral conduct, whether within a particular context or in general.
MORAL MINIMUM, noun. (ethics) The specific rule that one should do no intentional harm, often considered the bare minimum required for ethical behavior.
MORAL MINIMUMS, noun. Plural of moral minimum
MORAL OBJECTIVISM, noun. (philosophy) The position that certain acts are objectively right or wrong, independent of human opinion.
MORAL OBLIGATION, noun. (legal) a duty which one owes and ought to perform on the basis of considerations of right and wrong, but which he is not legally bound to fulfill, as a duty to be charitable, a duty to pay a debt barred by the act of limitations, etc.
MORAL ORDER, noun. A body of unwritten social mores and conventions which serve to maintain societal order.
MORAL ORDERS, noun. Plural of moral order
MORAL PANIC, noun. A semi-spontaneous or media-generated mass movement based on the perception that an individual, group, community, or culture is dangerously deviant and poses a menace to society. A public outcry.
MORAL PHILOSOPHY, noun. (philosophy) Ethics.
MORAL RELATIVISM, noun. (philosophy) Any of several philosophical positions concerned with the differences in moral judgments across different people and cultures.
MORAL SUASION, noun. (ethics) Persuasion brought to bear by appeals to someone's moral sense or ethics.
MORAL SUPPORT, noun. (idiomatic) Assistance given to a person or cause, usually without getting directly involved.
MORAL SYSTEM, noun. (philosophy) A consistent set of moral axioms or principles.
MORAL TURPITUDE, noun. Depravity
MORAL TURPITUDE, noun. (legal) Any base or vile conduct, contrary to accepted morals, that accompanies a crime

Dictionary definition

MORAL, noun. The significance of a story or event; "the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor".
MORAL, adjective. Concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles; "moral sense"; "a moral scrutiny"; "a moral lesson"; "a moral quandary"; "moral convictions"; "a moral life".
MORAL, adjective. Psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect; "a moral victory"; "moral support".

Wise words

All our words from loose using have lost their edge.
Ernest Hemingway