3. [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
The ethical meaning of the miracles. --Trench.
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?
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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