Etymology
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morals (n.)

1610s, "a person's moral qualities," plural of moral (n.). Meaning "conduct, behavior, course of life in regard to right and wrong," often specifically with regard to sexual conduct, is by 1690s.

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Definitions of morals

morals (n.)
motivation based on ideas of right and wrong;
Synonyms: ethical motive / ethics / morality
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