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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (3)

1. of or relating to the philosophical study of ethics;
- Example: "ethical codes"
- Example: "ethical theories"

2. conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior;
- Example: "an ethical lawyer"
- Example: "ethical medical practice"
- Example: "an ethical problem"
- Example: "had no ethical objection to drinking"
- Example: "Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants"- Omar N. Bradley

3. adhering to ethical and moral principles;
- Example: "it seems ethical and right"
- Example: "followed the only honorable course of action"
[syn: ethical, honorable, honourable]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ethic \Eth"ic\, Ethical \Eth"ic*al\, a. [L. ethicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? custom, usage, character, dwelling; akin to ? custom, Goth. sidus, G. sitte, Skr. svadh?, prob. orig., one's own doing; sva self + dh? to set: cf. F. ['e]thique. See So, Do.] Of, or belonging to, morals; treating of the moral feelings or duties; containing percepts of morality; moral; as, ethic discourses or epistles; an ethical system; ethical philosophy. [1913 Webster] The ethical meaning of the miracles. --Trench. [1913 Webster] Ethical dative (Gram.), a use of the dative of a pronoun to signify that the person or thing spoken of is regarded with interest by some one; as, Quid mihi Celsus agit? How does my friend Celsus do? [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ethical adj 1: of or relating to the philosophical study of ethics; "ethical codes"; "ethical theories" 2: conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior; "an ethical lawyer"; "ethical medical practice"; "an ethical problem"; "had no ethical objection to drinking"; "Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants"- Omar N. Bradley [ant: unethical] 3: adhering to ethical and moral principles; "it seems ethical and right"; "followed the only honorable course of action" [syn: ethical, honorable, honourable]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

72 Moby Thesaurus words for "ethical": Christian, axiological, blameless, clean, conscientious, correct, creditable, decent, deferential, duteous, dutiful, elevated, erect, estimable, ethological, fair, full of integrity, good, high-minded, high-principled, highly respectable, honest, honorable, immaculate, inviolate, irreproachable, just, law-abiding, law-loving, law-revering, manly, moral, moralistic, noble, obedient, observant, open, principled, proper, pure, reputable, respectable, respectful, right, right-minded, righteous, scrupulous, spotless, stainless, sterling, straightforward, true-dealing, true-devoted, true-disposing, true-souled, true-spirited, truehearted, unblemished, uncorrupt, uncorrupted, undefiled, unimpeachable, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, untarnished, upright, uprighteous, upstanding, virtuous, worthy, yeomanly