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ethic

noun [C, usually plural]
 
 
/ˈeθɪk/
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY a system of accepted rules about behaviour, based on what is considered right and wrong: business/professional ethics It would be contrary to business ethics to refuse her insurance cover. A coach is required to comply with the National Governing Body's code of ethics. We promote an ethic of cooperation and social reciprocity.
→  See also work ethic
(Definition of ethic from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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