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2. an oversubtle or specious reasoner. — casuistic, adj.
2. a dishonest or oversubtle application of such principles.
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A particular ethic is an idea or moral belief that influences the behaviour and attitudes of a group of people.
Ethics are moral beliefs and rules about right and wrong. When you use ethics with this meaning, it is a plural noun. You use a plural form of a verb with it.
Ethics is also the study of questions about what is morally right or wrong. When ethics has this meaning, it is an uncount noun. You use a singular form of a verb with it.
Ethic is never an adjective. The adjective that means 'relating to ethics' is ethical.
|Noun||1.||ethics - motivation based on ideas of right and wrong|
motivation, motive, need - the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior; "we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"
hedonism - the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle
conscience, moral sense, scruples, sense of right and wrong - motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
|2.||ethics - the philosophical study of moral values and rules|
egoism - (ethics) the theory that the pursuit of your own welfare in the basis of morality
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
bioethics - the branch of ethics that studies moral values in the biomedical sciences
casuistry - moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas
endaemonism, eudemonism - an ethical system that evaluates actions by reference to personal well-being through a life based on reason
hedonism - an ethical system that evaluates the pursuit of pleasure as the highest good
descriptivism - (ethics) a doctrine holding that moral statements have a truth value
prescriptivism - (ethics) a doctrine holding that moral statements prescribe appropriate attitudes and behavior
"True ethics begin where the use of language ceases" [Albert Schweitzer Civilization and Ethics]