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moral


  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Moral  \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. 
  --Hooker. 
 
  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. 
  Hale. 
 
  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. 
  Edwards. 
 
  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 
  guilt. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Moral  \Mor"al\,  v.  i. 
  To  moralize.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Moral  \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 
  --South. 
 
  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. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  3.  A  morality  play.  See  {Morality},  5. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  moral 
  adj  1:  relating  to  principles  of  right  and  wrong  i.e.  to  morals  or 
  ethics;  "moral  philosophy" 
  2:  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"  [ant:  {immoral},  {amoral}] 
  3:  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"  [syn:  {ethical}, 
  {honorable},  {honourable}] 
  4:  arising  from  the  sense  of  right  and  wrong  "a  moral 
  obligation" 
  5:  psychological  rather  than  physical  or  tangible  in  effect;  "a 
  moral  victory";  "moral  support" 
  6:  based  on  strong  likelihood  or  firm  conviction  rather  than 
  actual  evidence;  "a  moral  certainty"  [syn:  {moral(a)}] 
  n  :  the  significance  of  a  story  or  event;  "the  moral  of  the 
  story  is  to  love  thy  neighbor"  [syn:  {lesson}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  MORAL 
 
  Mentioned  in  "An  Overview  of  Ada",  J.G.P.  Barnes,  Soft  Prac  & 
  Exp  10:851-887  (1980). 
 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  MORAL,  adj  Conforming  to  a  local  and  mutable  standard  of  right 
  Having  the  quality  of  general  expediency. 
 
  It  is  sayd  there  be  a  raunge  of  mountaynes  in  the  Easte,  on 
  one  syde  of  the  which  certayn  conducts  are  immorall,  yet  on  the  other 
  syde  they  are  holden  in  good  esteeme;  wherebye  the  mountayneer  is  much 
  conveenyenced  for  it  is  given  to  him  to  goe  downe  eyther  way  and  act 
  as  it  shall  suite  his  moode,  withouten  offence. 
  _Gooke's  Meditations_ 
 
 




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