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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.||ethic - the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group; "the Puritan ethic"; "a person with old-fashioned values"|
principle - a rule or standard especially of good behavior; "a man of principle"; "he will not violate his principles"
Chartism - the principles of a body of 19th century English reformers who advocated better social and economic conditions for working people
|2.||ethic - a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct|
system of rules, system - a complex of methods or rules governing behavior; "they have to operate under a system they oppose"; "that language has a complex system for indicating gender"
double standard - an ethical or moral code that applies more strictly to one group than to another