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Relating to or expressing ethical or moral obligation: deontic concepts such as prohibition and permission.

[Greek deon, deont-, obligation, necessity; see deontology.]
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(Logic) logic
a. of or relating to such ethical concepts as obligation and permissibility
b. designating the branch of modal logic that deals with the formalization of these concepts
[C19: from Greek deon duty, from impersonal dei it behoves, it is binding]
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