mo·ral·i·ty /məˈræləti, mɔ-/
Mo·ral·i·ty n.; pl. Moralities
1. The relation of conformity or nonconformity to the moral standard or rule; quality of an intention, a character, an action, a principle, or a sentiment, when tried by the standard of right.
The morality of an action is founded in the freedom of that principle, by virtue of which it is in the agent's power, having all things ready and requisite to the performance of an action, either to perform or not perform it. --South.
2. The quality of an action which renders it good; the conformity of an act to the accepted standard of right.
Of moralitee he was the flower. --Chaucer.
I am bold to think that morality is capable of demonstration. --Locke.
3. The doctrines or rules of moral duties, or the duties of men in their social character; ethics.
The end of morality is to procure the affections to obey reason, and not to invade it. --Bacon.
The system of morality to be gathered out of . . . ancient sages falls very short of that delivered in the gospel. --Swift.
4. The practice of the moral duties; rectitude of life; conformity to the standard of right; virtue; as, we often admire the politeness of men whose morality we question.
5. A kind of allegorical play, so termed because it consisted of discourses in praise of morality between actors representing such characters as Charity, Faith, Death, Vice, etc. Such plays were occasionally exhibited as late as the reign of Henry VIII.
6. Intent; meaning; moral. [Obs.]
Taketh the morality thereof, good men. --Chaucer.
n 1: concern with the distinction between good and evil or right
and wrong; right or good conduct [ant: immorality]
2: motivation based on ideas of right and wrong [syn: ethical
motive, ethics, morals]