ethical

For someone who is honest and follows good moral standards, use the adjective ethical. An ethical teacher will grade your papers honestly — even if she catches you sticking your tongue out at her.

Ethical comes from the Greek ethos "moral character" and describes a person or behavior as right in the moral sense - truthful, fair, and honest. Sometimes the word is used for people who follow the moral standards of their profession. An ethical lawyer or doctor does not try to take advantage of the client or patient's unfortunate situation. If something has happened and you are not sure what the right thing to do is, you are having an ethical dilemma.

Definitions of ethical
  1. adjective
    conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior
    “an ethical lawyer”
    ethical medical practice”
    “an ethical problem”
    “"Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants"- Omar N. Bradley”
    Synonyms:
    right
    in conformance with justice or law or morality
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    Antonyms:
    unethical
    not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior
    wrong
    contrary to conscience or morality or law
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  2. adjective
    adhering to ethical and moral principles
    “it seems ethical and right”
    synonyms: honorable, honourable
    right
    in conformance with justice or law or morality
  3. adjective
    of or relating to the philosophical study of ethics
    ethical codes”
    ethical theories”
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