Ethical vs Ethnic - What's the difference?

ethical | ethnic |


As adjectives the difference between ethical and ethnic

is that ethical is (philosophy|not comparable) of or relating to the study of ethics while ethnic is of or relating to a group of people having common racial, national, religious or cultural origins.

As nouns the difference between ethical and ethnic

is that ethical is an ethical drug while ethnic is an ethnic person, notably said when a foreigner or member of an immigrant community.

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ethical

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • (philosophy, not comparable) Of or relating to the study of ethics.
  • The philosopher Kant is particularly known for his ethical writings.
  • (not comparable) Of or relating to the accepted principles of right and wrong, especially those of some organization or profession.
  • All employees must familiarize themselves with our ethical guidelines.
  • (comparable) Morally approvable, when referring to an action that affects others; good.
  • We are trying to decide what the most ethical course of action would be.
  • (of a drug, not comparable) Only dispensed on the prescription of a physician.
  • In most jurisdictions, morphine is classified as an ethical drug.

    Usage notes

    * In general usage ethical'' is used to describe standards of behavior between individuals, while ''moral'' or ''immoral can describe any behavior. You can call lying unethical or immoral, for example, because it involves the behavior of one person and how it affects another, but violating dietary prohibitions in a holy text can only be described as immoral.

    Derived terms

    * ethical investment * ethical system * meta-ethical * (morally approvable) unethical

    See also

    * ethical dative

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An ethical drug.
  • Anagrams

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    ethnic

    English

    Alternative forms

    * ethnick (obsolete)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Of or relating to a group of people having common racial, national, religious or cultural origins.
  • There are many ethnic Indonesians in the Netherlands
  • Belonging to a foreign culture.
  • I like to eat ethnic food
  • (historical) Heathen, not Judeo-Christian-Muslim.
  • Derived terms

    * antiethnic * ethnic cleansing * ethnic group * ethnic minority

    Synonyms

    * (culturally foreign) exotic * (heathen) pagan, gentile

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An ethnic person, notably said when a foreigner or member of an immigrant community.
  • An ethnic minority. (rfex)
  • (archaic) A heathen, a pagan.
  • *
  • ..for the learned know that even in St. Jerome's time, the consul of Rome and his wife were both Ethnics , and about the same time the greatest part of the senate also...
  • * 1641 . .
  • ...And the people of God, redeemed and washed with Christ's blood, and dignified with so many glorious titles of saints and sons in the Gospel, are now no better reputed than impure ethnics and lay dogs...
  • (in classical scholarship ) the demonym of an Ancient Greek city
  • * 2006 . Cohen. The Hellenistic Settlements in Syria, the Red Sea Basin & North Africa , 151.
  • "Coinage with the ethnic ????????? ???? ???????? survives from the mid-second century A.D."