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Moral Authority

The term moral is defined as “concerning or relating to what is right and wrong in human behavior.” Additionally, the noun form, morality, means “conformity to the rules of right conduct”—moral or virtuous conduct. A similar term, ethics, is defined as “the body of moral principles or values governing or distinctive of a particular culture or group.” It is important to note that morals and ethics are used interchangeably; however, there is a slight difference between them. Moral and morality are more abstract terms than ethics. The definition of authority, on the other hand, is given as the “power to determine, influence, adjudicate or command thought, opinion, or behavior; the right to control, command, or determine.” In sum, it might be simply said that moral ...

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