Ethical vs Integrity - What's the difference?

ethical | integrity |

As nouns the difference between ethical and integrity

is that ethical is an ethical drug while integrity is steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.

As an adjective ethical

is (philosophy|not comparable) of or relating to the study of ethics.




(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


    (en noun)
  • An ethical drug.
  • Anagrams




  • Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.
  • The state of being wholesome; unimpaired
  • The quality or condition of being complete; pure
  • (cryptography) With regards to data encryption, ensuring that information is not altered by unauthorized persons in a way that is not detectable by authorized users.
  • (aviation) The ability of a system to provide timely warnings to users when they should not be used for navigation.
  • Derived terms

    * integrous (very rare)


    (Synonyms) * honesty * uprightness * rectitude * unity * wholeness * purity * goodness * probity * sincerity * virtue * decency