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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: ethique, from Greek ethikos, from ethos; ETHOS

ethic

noun
     
eth‧ic
1 [countable] a general idea or belief that influences people's behaviour and attitudes:
The old ethic of hard work has given way to a new ethic of instant gratification.
work ethic
2

ethics

[plural] moral rules or principles of behaviour for deciding what is right and wrong:
a report on the ethics of gene therapy
professional/business/medical ethics (=the moral rules relating to a particular profession)
public concern about medical ethics

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