Etymology
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ethics (n.)

"the science of morals," c. 1600, plural of Middle English ethik "study of morals" (see ethic). The word also traces to Ta Ethika, title of Aristotle's work. Related: Ethicist.

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Definitions of ethics

ethics (n.)
motivation based on ideas of right and wrong;
Synonyms: ethical motive / morals / morality
ethics (n.)
the philosophical study of moral values and rules;
Synonyms: moral philosophy
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