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

n concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct

the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct
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adhering to moral principles
according with conscience or morality
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
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
the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic
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
a particular moral excellence
the quality of resembling a saint
the quality of being in accord with the dictates of conscience
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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an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

n motivation based on ideas of right and wrong

ethical motive, ethics, morals
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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
(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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