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moral

adjective uk   /ˈmɒr.əl/  us   /ˈmɔːr-/
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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noun uk   /ˈmɒr.əl/  us   /ˈmɔːr-/

moral noun (STANDARDS)

morals C2 [plural] standards for good or bad character and behaviour: public/private moralsold-fashioned disapproving a person of loose morals (= whose character or sexual behaviour is considered unacceptable)

moral noun (MESSAGE)

[C] The moral of a story, event, or experience is the message that you understand from it about how you should or should not behave: And the moral of/to the story is that honesty is always the best policy.
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