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Meaning of “moral” in the English Dictionary

"moral" in British English

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moraladjective

uk   /ˈmɒr.əl/  us   /ˈmɔːr-/
B2 relating to the ​standards of good or ​badbehaviour, ​fairness, ​honesty, etc. that each ​personbelieves in, ​rather than to ​laws: It's her moral obligation to ​tell the ​police what she ​knows. It is not ​part of a novelist's ​job to make a moral judgment. She was the only ​politician to ​condemn the ​proposedlaw on moral ​grounds (= for moral ​reasons). The Democrats are ​attempting to capture the moral high ​ground (= are ​trying to ​appear more ​honest and good than the other ​politicalparties).
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C1 behaving in ​waysconsidered by most ​people to be ​correct and ​honest: She's a very moral woman. Oh, ​stop being so moral! Is TV ​responsible for ​weakening people's moral fibre (= ​ability to ​behave well and ​honestly and ​work hard)?

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moralnoun

uk   /ˈmɒr.əl/  us   /ˈmɔːr-/
(Definition of moral from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"moral" in American English

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moraladjective

 us   /ˈmɔr·əl, ˈmɑr-/
  • moral adjective (RIGHT)

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

moralnoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɔr·əl, ˈmɑr-/
  • 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 ​bestpolicy.
  • moral noun [C] (LESSON)

literature a ​lesson that can be ​learned from a ​story, esp. a ​fable or other ​work of ​literature
(Definition of moral from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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