Pronunciation: (met"u-eth'iks, met'u-eth"-), [key]
—n. (usually used with a sing. v.)
the philosophy of ethics dealing with the meaning of ethical terms, the nature of moral discourse, and the foundations of moral principles. Also,met"a-eth'ics.
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