Meaning of “ethic” in the English Dictionary

"ethic" in British English

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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 accepted beliefs that control behavior, esp. such a system based on morals:

Our school promotes an ethic of service to the community.
adjective us /ˈeθ·ɪ·kəl/

No ethical physician would prescribe that drug.
adverb us /ˈeθ·ɪk·li/

Laughing at your clients is ethically wrong.

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"ethic" in Business English

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ethicnoun [ C, usually plural ]

uk /ˈeθɪk/ us

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.

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(Definition of “ethic” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)