Definition Ethics

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ethical (behavior): moral, principled, fair, just (behavior)
Murder is not ethical behavior.

the ethics: the moral code, the principles, the morality, the values
Ethics is always plural:

I questioned his ethics when he told me he had robbed his grandmother.
professional ethics accepted standards of conduct and methods of doing business

unethical: morally wrong, immoral, dishonorable, bad
Stealing from church is very unethical.


  • "If we are taking part in these sorts of unethical labor practices, and if our involvement in these practices gets into the open, this situation could become a real disaster from a public relations standpoint."
  • "The controversy associated with illegal and unethical cost-cutting methods often leads to customer boycotts and consumer class-action suits."
  • "Notorious for his astute business sense and suspect business ethics, Mazerati has unveiled plans to triple D&C's profits within 6 years."
  • "The question is whether we will continue to exploit cheap and potentially illegal labor, or whether we should explore more expensive, but more ethical alternatives."
  • "OILS, the Organization for International Labor Standards, is a (fictional) group which identifies and certifies subcontractors using legal and ethical labor practices."
  • "Outsourcing: Cost-Efficient Advantage or Unethical Tool of Exploitation?"
  • "Brian : But sir, that would be highly unethical!"
  • "Bruno : Susie, you make a very convincing case for using ethical labor, whatever the cost."
  • "International outsourcing is certainly one of the foremost concerns of contemporary business ethics."

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