morality


morality
morality (n.) late 14c., "moral qualities," from O.Fr. moralité "moral (of a story); moral instruction; morals, moral character" (13c.) and directly from L.L. moralitatem (nom. moralitas) "manner, character," from L. moralis (see MORAL (Cf. moral) (adj.)). Meaning "goodness" is attested from 1590s.
Where there is no free agency, there can be no morality. Where there is no temptation, there can be little claim to virtue. Where the routine is rigorously proscribed by law, the law, and not the man, must have the credit of the conduct. [William H. Prescott, "History of the Conquest of Peru," 1847]

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  • morality — ► NOUN (pl. moralities) 1) principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behaviour. 2) moral behaviour. 3) the extent to which an action is right or wrong. 4) a system of values and moral principles …   English terms dictionary

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