moral dilemma

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  • dilemma — is now more usually pronounced with the first syllable rhyming with die. The correct meaning is ‘a choice between two undesirable alternatives’ and has its origin in rhetoric and logic, where it relates to a special kind of argument involving two …   Modern English usage

  • Moral psychology — is a field of study in both philosophy and psychology. Some use the term moral psychology relatively narrowly to refer to the study of moral development.[1] However, others tend to use the term more broadly to include any topics at the… …   Wikipedia

  • dilemma — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ acute (esp. BrE), appalling (esp. BrE), big, difficult, genuine (esp. BrE), great, impossible (esp. BrE), real, serious …   Collocations dictionary

  • moral — mor|al1 [ mɔrəl ] adjective only before noun *** relating to right and wrong and the way people should behave: our children s religious and moral education moral standards/principles/values moral dilemma: Returning the money presented Steven with …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • moral — I UK [ˈmɒrəl] / US [ˈmɔrəl] adjective [only before noun] *** relating to right and wrong and the way that people should behave our children s religious and moral education moral standards/principles/values moral dilemma: Stephen was faced with… …   English dictionary

  • dilemma — di|lem|ma [dıˈlemə, daı ] n [Date: 1500 1600; : Greek; Origin: double statement , from lemma statement ] a situation in which it is very difficult to decide what to do, because all the choices seem equally good or equally bad ▪ a moral dilemma in …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Moral absolutism — This article is about moral absolutism as a theory of normative ethics. For moral absolutism as a theory of meta ethics, see Moral universalism. Moral absolutism is an ethical view that certain actions are absolutely right or wrong, regardless of …   Wikipedia

  • moral — mor|al1 W2S3 [ˈmɔrəl US ˈmo: ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: moralis, from mos what people usually or traditionally do ] 1.) [only before noun] relating to the principles of what is right and wrong behaviour, and with the difference… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • moral — 1 adjective 1 ABOUT RIGHT AND WRONG (only before noun) connected with the principles of what is right and wrong behaviour, and with the difference between good and evil: a man of high moral standards | You don t know the circumstances of the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • moral — [[t]mɒ̱r(ə)l, AM mɔ͟ːr [/t]] ♦♦♦ morals 1) N PLURAL Morals are principles and beliefs concerning right and wrong behaviour. ...Western ideas and morals... They have no morals. Syn: ethics 2) ADJ: ADJ n Moral means relating to beliefs about what… …   English dictionary

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