Definitions of moral

  1. 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"
  2. the significance of a story or event; " the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"
  3. relating to principles of right and wrong; i. e. to morals or ethics; " moral philosophy"
  4. 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"
  5. psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect; " a moral victory"; " moral support"
  6. arising from the sense of right and wrong; " a moral obligation"
  7. based on strong likelihood or firm conviction rather than actual evidence; " a moral certainty"
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Capable of right and wrong action or of being governed by a sense of right; subject to the law of duty.
  11. 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.
  12. Serving to teach or convey a moral; as, a moral lesson; moral tales.
  13. 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.
  14. A morality play. See Morality, 5.
  15. To moralize.
  16. Supported by reason or probability; practically sufficient; - opposed to legal or demonstrable; as, a moral evidence; a moral certainty.
  17. The doctrine or practice of the duties of life; manner of living as regards right and wrong; conduct; behavior; - usually in the plural.
  18. The lesson taught by, or the inner meaning of, a fable, event, etc.
  19. Pertaining to man's natural sense of what is right and proper; according to what is right and just; as, a moral life; capable of being governed by a sense of right and wrong; as, a lower animal is not a moral creature; virtuous; supported by reason; as, a moral certainty; serving to teach a lesson.
  20. Morally.
  21. Of or belonging to the manners or conduct of men: conformed to right: virtuous: capable of moral action: subject to the moral law: instructing with regard to morals: supported by evidence of reason or probability.
  22. In pl. manners: the doctrine or practice of the duties of life: moral philosophy or ethics: conduct: in sing. the practical lesson given by anything.
  23. Lesson enforced by anything.
  24. Pertaining to manners or conduct; virtuous.
  25. Practice of duties; ethics.
  26. Pertaining to right and wrong.
  27. Right; virtuous; chaste.
  28. The lesson of a fable or the like.
  29. Conduct or behavior; ethics.
  30. Relating to manners or conduct; agreeable to what is right; capable of right or wrong; subject to the moral law; virtuous; just; sufficient for practical purposes.
  31. Manners; the doctrine or practice of the duties of life; moral philosophy. Moral law, the law which prescribes the moral or social duties. Moral philosophy, the science which treats of mans moral duties and social relations.
  32. The doctrine inculcated by a fiction; practical lesson; drift.
  33. Pert. to or founded on the practices or conduct of men with reference to right and wrong, in their intercourse with others; right; just; supported by the evidence of reason or probability; founded on experience, as a moral certainty.
  34. The lesson taught by a fiction or fable; the practical lesson which a thing is fitted or designed to convey.

Usage examples for moral

  1. Perhaps the man- child is born who will live to write the moral of all this- when it is too late. – Woodcraft by George W. Sears
  2. Then the boy said, " This story never had any moral, I believe, papa?" – Christmas Every Day and Other Stories by W. D. Howells
  3. Very likely they're of high moral character"- his voice rose querulously-" good to their mothers, and all that. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  4. The story is a moral one. – Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert von Chamisso
  5. I remember it, to be sure; but it was in my Other State: and, so far as my moral responsibility was concerned, my Other State and I were two different people. – Recalled to Life by Grant Allen
  6. You will then be in a better position to give me the advice and help- ah- the moral help, of which I stand in need- ah- in sore need. – Poor Relations by Compton Mackenzie
  7. Considered as a scheme of government, it is either natural or moral. – Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws by James Buchanan
  8. The first was a lecture on the causes which have checked moral and political progress. – Lady-John-Russell by MacCarthy, Desmond
  9. In his moral character Henry ranks above most of the Plantagenets. – A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6) by Leopold von Ranke
  10. She knew also that at bottom he was a little afraid of her; here was her sole moral consolation. – The Old Wives' Tale by Arnold Bennett
  11. His moral sense answers back, " None. – Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood
  12. And yet, as a child, I remember reading this tale with ever fresh delight, though I never for a moment suspected its moral. – Essays on Scandinavian Literature by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
  13. " In a true marriage, there must be good moral qualities. – The Good Time Coming by T. S. Arthur
  14. But he also feels that no moral teaching can be final. – Roman Society from Nero to Marcus Aurelius by Samuel Dill
  15. No moral judgment can decide the value of life. – A Preface to Politics by Walter Lippmann
  16. Fortunately Captain Hickson had enough moral influence to make the people obey the law. – The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent by S.M. Hussey
  17. But, apparently, the most awful moral ruin has fallen upon them. – The Hohenzollerns in America With the Bolsheviks in Berlin and other impossibilities by Stephen Leacock
  18. Mingled with the story of football is another and higher endeavor, giving the book the best of moral tone. – The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  19. Jenny did not set herself above the world in moral matters. – The Great Miss Driver by Anthony Hope
  20. No moral relief is more eagerly sought than relief from the pressure of a serious explanation. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins