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ethic

noun     /ˈeθ.ɪk/
C2 [C usually plural] a system of accepted beliefs that control behaviour, especially such a system based on morals: the (Protestant) work ethic The ethics of journalism are much debated. He said he was bound by a scientist's code of ethics. Publication of the article was a breach of ethics.Morality and rules of behaviour ethics C2 [U] the study of what is morally right and what is notMorality and rules of behaviour
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