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"moral" in British English

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moraladjective

uk   /ˈmɒr.əl/  us   /ˈmɔːr.əl/
B2 relating to the standards of good or bad behaviour, fairness, honesty, etc. that each person believes 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 proposed law 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 political parties).
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C1 behaving in ways considered 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.əl/
(Definition of moral from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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moraladjective

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

relating to standards of good behavior, honesty, and fair dealing, 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 best policy.
  • 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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