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Meaning of MORAL

Pronunciation:  'morul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the significance of a story or event; "the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"
  2. [adj]  concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles; "moral sense"; "a moral scrutiny"; "a moral lesson"; "a moral quandary"; "moral convictions"; "a moral life"
  3. [adj]  psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect; "a moral victory"; "moral support"
  4. [adj]  adhering to ethical and moral principles; "it seems ethical and right"; "followed the only honorable course of action"; "had the moral courage to stand alone"
  5. [adj]  arising from the sense of right and wrong; "a moral obligation"
  6. [adj]  relating to principles of right and wrong; i.e. to morals or ethics; "moral philosophy"

MORAL is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: chaste, clean, clean-living, conscientious, ethical, incorrupt, lesson, mental, moralistic, right, righteous, virtuous
 Antonyms: amoral, immoral, unmoral
 See Also: good, honorable, honourable, import, meaning, significance, signification



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mor"al\, a. [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner,
    custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]
    1. Relating to duty or obligation; pertaining to those
       intentions and actions of which right and wrong, virtue
       and vice, are predicated, or to the rules by which such
       intentions and actions ought to be directed; relating to
       the practice, manners, or conduct of men as social beings
       in relation to each other, as respects right and wrong, so
       far as they are properly subject to rules.
             Keep at the least within the compass of moral
             actions, which have in them vice or virtue.
             Mankind is broken loose from moral bands. --Dryden.
             She had wandered without rule or guidance in a moral
             wilderness.                           --Hawthorne.
    2. Conformed to accepted rules of right; acting in conformity
       with such rules; virtuous; just; as, a moral man. Used
       sometimes in distinction from religious; as, a moral
       rather than a religious life.
             The wiser and more moral part of mankind. --Sir M.
    3. Capable of right and wrong action or of being governed by
       a sense of right; subject to the law of duty.
             A moral agent is a being capable of those actions
             that have a moral quality, and which can properly be
             denominated good or evil in a moral sense. --J.
    4. Acting upon or through one's moral nature or sense of
       right, or suited to act in such a manner; as, a moral
       arguments; moral considerations. Sometimes opposed to
       {material} and {physical}; as, moral pressure or support.
    5. Supported by reason or probability; practically
       sufficient; -- opposed to {legal} or {demonstrable}; as, a
       moral evidence; a moral certainty.
    6. Serving to teach or convey a moral; as, a moral lesson;
       moral tales.
    {Moral agent}, a being who is capable of acting with
       reference to right and wrong.
    {Moral certainty}, a very high degree or probability,
       although not demonstrable as a certainty; a probability of
       so high a degree that it can be confidently acted upon in
       the affairs of life; as, there is a moral certainty of his
    {Moral insanity}, insanity, so called, of the moral system;
       badness alleged to be irresponsible.
    {Moral philosophy}, the science of duty; the science which
       treats of the nature and condition of man as a moral
       being, of the duties which result from his moral
       relations, and the reasons on which they are founded.
    {Moral play}, an allegorical play; a morality. [Obs.]
    {Moral sense}, the power of moral judgment and feeling; the
       capacity to perceive what is right or wrong in moral
       conduct, and to approve or disapprove, independently of
       education or the knowledge of any positive rule or law.
    {Moral theology}, theology applied to morals; practical
       theology; casuistry.
  2. \Mor"al\, n.
    1. The doctrine or practice of the duties of life; manner of
       living as regards right and wrong; conduct; behavior; --
       usually in the plural.
             Corrupt in their morals as vice could make them.
    2. The inner meaning or significance of a fable, a narrative,
       an occurrence, an experience, etc.; the practical lesson
       which anything is designed or fitted to teach; the
       doctrine meant to be inculcated by a fiction; a maxim.
             Thus may we gather honey from the weed, And make a
             moral of the devil himself.           --Shak.
             To point a moral, or adorn a tale.    --Johnson.
             We protest against the principle that the world of
             pure comedy is one into which no moral enters.
    3. A morality play. See {Morality}, 5.
  3. \Mor"al\, v. i.
    To moralize. [Obs.] --Shak.
Computing Dictionary

Mentioned in "An Overview of Ada", J.G.P. Barnes, Soft Prac & Exp 10:851-887 (1980).

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