Mor"al (?), n. 1.
The doctrine or practice of the duties of life; manner of living
as regards right and wrong; conduct; behavior; -- usually in the
Corrupt in their morals as vice could make
2. The inner meaning or significance of a
fable, a narrative, an occurrence, an experience, etc.; the practical
lesson which anything is designed or fitted to teach; the doctrine
meant to be inculcated by a fiction; a maxim.
Thus may we gather honey from the weed,
And make a moral of the devil himself.
To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
We protest against the principle that the world of
pure comedy is one into which no moral enters.
3. A morality play. See Morality,
Mor"al, v. i. To moralize.
Mor"al (?), a. [F., fr. It.
moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner, custom, habit,
way of life, conduct.] 1. Relating to duty or
obligation; pertaining to those intentions and actions of which right
and wrong, virtue and vice, are predicated, or to the rules by which
such intentions and actions ought to be directed; relating to the
practice, manners, or conduct of men as social beings in relation to
each other, as respects right and wrong, so far as they are properly
subject to rules.
Keep at the least within the compass of moral
actions, which have in them vice or virtue.
Mankind is broken loose from moral
She had wandered without rule or guidance in a
moral wilderness. Hawthorne.
2. Conformed to accepted rules of right;
acting in conformity with such rules; virtuous; just; as, a
moral man. Used sometimes in distinction from
religious; as, a moral rather than a religious
The wiser and more moral part of
mankind. Sir M. Hale.
3. Capable of right and wrong action or of
being governed by a sense of right; subject to the law of
A moral agent is a being capable of those
actions that have a moral quality, and which can properly be
denominated good or evil in a moral sense. J.
4. Acting upon or through one's moral nature
or sense of right, or suited to act in such a manner; as, a
moral arguments; moral considerations. Sometimes
opposed to material and physical; as, moral
pressure or support.
5. Supported by reason or probability;
practically sufficient; -- opposed to legal or
demonstrable; as, a moral evidence; a moral
6. Serving to teach or convey a moral; as, a
moral lesson; moral tales.
Moral agent, a being who is capable of
acting with reference to right and wrong. -- Moral
certainty, a very high degree or probability, although
not demonstrable as a certainty; a probability of so high a degree
that it can be confidently acted upon in the affairs of life; as,
there is a moral certainty of his guilt. -- Moral
insanity, insanity, so called, of the moral system;
badness alleged to be irresponsible. -- Moral
philosophy, the science of duty; the science which
treats of the nature and condition of man as a moral being, of the
duties which result from his moral relations, and the reasons on
which they are founded. -- Moral play, an
allegorical play; a morality. [Obs.] -- Moral
sense, the power of moral judgment and feeling; the
capacity to perceive what is right or wrong in moral conduct, and to
approve or disapprove, independently of education or the knowledge of
any positive rule or law. -- Moral theology,
theology applied to morals; practical theology;