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(1)   Concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles
"Moral sense"
"A moral scrutiny"
"A moral lesson"
"A moral quandary"
"Moral convictions"
"A moral life"
(2)   Psychological rather than physical or tangible in effect
"A moral victory"
"Moral support"
(3)   Adhering to ethical and moral principles
"It seems ethical and right"
"Followed the only honorable course of action"
"Had the moral courage to stand alone"
(4)   Arising from the sense of right and wrong
"A moral obligation"
(5)   Relating to principles of right and wrong; i.e. to morals or ethics
"Moral philosophy"


(6)   The significance of a story or event
"The moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"


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  1. Of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behaviour, especially for teaching right behaviour.
    moral judgments, a moral poem
  2. Conforming to a standard of right behaviour; sanctioned by or operative on one's conscience or ethical judgment.
    a moral obligation
  3. Capable of right and wrong action.
    a moral agent
  4. Probable but not proved.
    a moral certainty
  5. Positively affecting the mind, confidence, or will.
    a moral victory, moral support


  1. The ethical significance or practical lesson.
  2. Moral practices or teachings: modes of conduct.