morality

Morality is a concern with what’s right or wrong. Your sense of morality prevents you from cheating on your school exams, on your taxes, or on your spouse.

You’ll notice the word moral is in morality. And you might remember reading fairy tales that ended with the phrase, “The moral of the story is…” That’s because stories for children are often intended to instruct kids as to what the good or right decision is in a situation. For example, Cinderella teaches kids that if their foot fits the glass slipper, they can end up marrying a prince. How's that for morality?

Definitions of morality
  1. noun
    concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct
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    immorality
    the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct
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    righteousness
    adhering to moral principles
    rightness
    according with conscience or morality
    conscience
    conformity to one's own sense of right conduct
    good, goodness
    moral excellence or admirableness
    chastity, sexual morality, virtue
    morality with respect to sexual relations
    impeccability
    the quality of being exempt from sin or incapable of sinning
    rectitude, uprightness
    righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest
    piety, piousness
    righteousness by virtue of being pious
    kindness
    the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic
    beneficence
    the quality of being kind or helpful or generous
    benignancy, benignity, graciousness
    the quality of being kind and gentle
    moral excellence, virtue, virtuousness
    the quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong
    virtue
    a particular moral excellence
    saintliness
    the quality of resembling a saint
    conscientiousness
    the quality of being in accord with the dictates of conscience
    unconscientiousness
    the quality of being willing to ignore the dictates of conscience
    summum bonum
    the supreme good in which all moral values are included or from which they are derived
    honor, honour, pureness, purity
    a woman's virtue or chastity
    justice, justness
    the quality of being just or fair
    honorableness, honourableness
    the quality of deserving honor or respect; characterized by honor
    honor, honour
    the quality of being honorable and having a good name
    honestness, honesty
    the quality of being honest
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    quality
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  2. noun
    motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
    synonyms: ethical motive, ethics, morals
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    hedonism
    the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle
    conscience, moral sense, scruples, sense of right and wrong
    motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
    Christ Within, Inner Light, Light, Light Within
    a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
    superego
    (psychoanalysis) that part of the unconscious mind that acts as a conscience
    small voice, voice of conscience, wee small voice
    an inner voice that judges your behavior
    sense of duty, sense of shame
    a motivating awareness of ethical responsibility
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    motivation, motive, need
    the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
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