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moral

adjective  /ˈmɔr·əl, ˈmɑr-/ us  

moral adjective (RIGHT)

relating to standards of good behavior, honesty, and fair dealing, or showing high standards of this type: a highly moral man It’s her moral obligation to tell the police what she knows.

moral

noun [C]  /ˈmɔr·əl, ˈmɑr-/ us  

moral noun [C] (RIGHT)

a message about how people should or should not behave, contained in a story, event, or experience: The moral of the story is that honesty is the best policy.

moral noun [C] (LESSON)

literature a lesson that can be learned from a story, esp. a fable or other work of literature
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