doing something in an ethical way.

doing something in a way that does not bring harm to others.

Not lying, cheating, stealing, hurting, defrauding, tricking, or putting down others.

People who have good character usually are ethical.
AT THE STRIP CLUB
Stripper 1: Hey! Are you rinsing your custies and draining their wallets?
Stripper 2: No! I'm an ethical stripper. I do my work ethically by making sure the custies are sane enough to handle me!
Stripper 1: Lol
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Morality with loopholes.
Everyone agreed that the Congressman's conduct was morally repugnant and his excuses were intellectually dishonest, but the facts did not support an ethics violation.
by J. Gramitt February 08, 2007
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The knowing of the difference between right and wrong. A set of moral principles.
bosses, lawyers, and politicians have no knowledge of ethics. Or they just don't give a fuck.
by AYB October 18, 2003
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A word that some companies use to describe themselves as a PR stunt whilst actually being just as evil as all the other big profit-hunting corporations.
The bank boasted about its ethical policy whilst actually treated its employees and customers like dirt
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The adorable belief that our actions ultimately matter. 
It's absolutely essential that you (insert action) and you must always avoid (insert action), because if you violate these ethics (insert an ultimately meaningless outcome).
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The best way to ensure that your business endeavors will never turn a profit.
The company stressed ethics over growth, so the government refused to bail them out.
by croato87 January 20, 2009
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A philosophical area of investigation where the same people who argue that there is no reason to believe in god seem to think that there is a set of universally binding principles that define just actions from unjust actions.
Professor: Utilitarianism is a great ethical theory.
Student: What reason do we have to believe that there is a such thing as ethics?
Professor: Utilitarianism is a great ethical theory.
by Aleph Null June 08, 2004
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