Meaning of “moral” in the English Dictionary

"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)

"moral" in American English

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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)