moral principle

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moral principle - 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.moral principle - the principle that conduct should be moral
precept, principle - rule of personal conduct
categorical imperative - the moral principle that behavior should be determined by duty
References in classic literature ?
A MORAL Principle met a Material Interest on a bridge wide enough for but one.
thundered the Moral Principle, "and let me pass over you
Ah," said the Moral Principle, hesitatingly, "let us draw lots to see which shall retire till the other has crossed.
In order to avoid a conflict," the Moral Principle resumed, somewhat uneasily, "I shall myself lie down and let you walk over me.
Without recourse to any moral principle, having for your foundation only individual selfishness, and the satisfaction of material desires?
For, founded on no moral principle, these may well, even in the act of carrying bread to humanity, coldly exclude a considerable portion of humanity from enjoying it; that has been seen more than once.
Malthus was a friend of humanity, but, with ill-founded moral principles, the friend of humanity is the devourer of humanity, without mentioning his pride; for, touch the vanity of one of these numberless philanthropists, and to avenge his self-esteem, he will be ready at once to set fire to the whole globe; and to tell the truth, we are all more or less like that.
Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.
Yashvin, a gambler and a rake, a man not merely without moral principles, but of immoral principles, Yashvin was Vronsky's greatest friend in the regiment.
Absolute altruism is the moral principle that requires total sacrifice of one's self-interests in order to serve the interests of others.
Thomas suggests that a norm's grounding in a moral principle somehow reinforces its authority and the likelihood of actors' compliance with the norm.
The moral principle of beneficence refers to the responsibility to help clients gain something positive from engaging in counseling.