V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. conforming to moral and ethical (honest, scrupulous) standards; 2. relating to or involving ethics

Synonyms: moral, honest, conscientious, scrupulous, principled, upstanding

Antonyms: unethical, immoral, dishonest

Tips: The word ethical often comes up in business discussions because ethical business practices are so important in maintaining a good reputation with one's customers and in the business community. Something unethical may not necessarily be illegal, but it can certainly get you into trouble. Ethics are moral standards, and if you are ethical, you are following moral standards of what is right and wrong. Ethical standards transcend actual laws.

Usage Examples:

It's unethical to cheat on a test. (immoral, dishonest)

We're running an ethical operation, and we would never lie to our customers. (honest, conscientious)

I've never known him to do anything illegal, but some of his actions could certainly be considered unethical. (unprincipled, unscrupulous, immoral)

I hold myself to very high ethical standards and would never consider lying to anyone. (honest, moral)

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