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"ethic" in British English

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ethicnoun

uk   us   /ˈeθ.ɪk/
C2 [C usually plural] a ​system of ​acceptedbeliefs that ​controlbehaviour, ​especially such a ​systembased 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.ethics C2 [U] the ​study of what is ​morallyright and what is not

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(Definition of ethic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ethic" in American English

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ethicnoun [C usually pl]

 us   /ˈeθ·ɪk/
a ​system of ​acceptedbeliefs that ​controlbehavior, esp. such a ​systembased on ​morals: Our ​schoolpromotes an ethic of ​service to the ​community.
ethical
adjective  us   /ˈeθ·ɪ·kəl/
No ethical ​physician would ​prescribe that ​drug.
ethically
adverb  us   /ˈeθ·ɪk·li/
Laughing at ​yourclients is ethically ​wrong.
(Definition of ethic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ethic" in Business English

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ethicnoun [C, usually plural]

uk   us   /ˈeθɪk/
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY a ​system of ​acceptedrules about ​behaviour, ​based on what is considered ​right and wrong: business/professional ethics It would be contrary to ​business ethics to ​refuse her ​insurancecover. A ​coach is ​required to ​comply with the National Governing Body's code of ethics. We ​promote an ethic ofcooperation and ​socialreciprocity.
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(Definition of ethic from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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