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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Morality  \Mo*ral"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Moralities}.  [L.  moralitas:  cf 
  F.  moralit['e].] 
  1.  The  relation  of  conformity  or  nonconformity  to  the  moral 
  standard  or  rule  quality  of  an  intention,  a  character,  an 
  action  a  principle,  or  a  sentiment,  when  tried  by  the 
  standard  of  right 
  The  morality  of  an  action  is  founded  in  the  freedom 
  of  that  principle,  by  virtue  of  which  it  is  in  the 
  agent's  power,  having  all  things  ready  and  requisite 
  to  the  performance  of  an  action  either  to  perform 
  or  not  perform  it  --South. 
  2.  The  quality  of  an  action  which  renders  it  good;  the 
  conformity  of  an  act  to  the  accepted  standard  of  right 
  Of  moralitee  he  was  the  flower.  --Chaucer. 
  I  am  bold  to  think  that  morality  is  capable  of 
  demonstration.  --Locke. 
  3.  The  doctrines  or  rules  of  moral  duties,  or  the  duties  of 
  men  in  their  social  character;  ethics. 
  The  end  of  morality  is  to  procure  the  affections  to 
  obey  reason,  and  not  to  invade  it  --Bacon. 
  The  system  of  morality  to  be  gathered  out  of  .  .  . 
  ancient  sages  falls  very  short  of  that  delivered  in 
  the  gospel.  --Swift. 
  4.  The  practice  of  the  moral  duties;  rectitude  of  life; 
  conformity  to  the  standard  of  right  virtue;  as  we  often 
  admire  the  politeness  of  men  whose  morality  we  question. 
  5.  A  kind  of  allegorical  play,  so  termed  because  it  consisted 
  of  discourses  in  praise  of  morality  between  actors 
  representing  such  characters  as  Charity,  Faith,  Death, 
  Vice,  etc  Such  plays  were  occasionally  exhibited  as  late 
  as  the  reign  of  Henry  VIII.  --Strutt. 
  6.  Intent;  meaning;  moral.  [Obs.] 
  Taketh  the  morality  thereof,  good  men.  --Chaucer. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  concern  with  the  distinction  between  good  and  evil  or  right 
  and  wrong  right  or  good  conduct  [ant:  {immorality}] 
  2:  motivation  based  on  ideas  of  right  and  wrong  [syn:  {ethical 
  motive},  {ethics},  {morals}] 

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