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Ethics and morality are commonly used terms, both in our everyday lives and in our professional lives. Although these are common terms, actual definitions of these terms may not be as readily discernable. What are the formal definitions of these two terms?

Ethics have been defined as “a generic term for several ways of examining the moral life” (Beauchamp & Childress, 1989, p. 9). Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition) defined ethics as “the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation. A set of moral principles.” Corey, Corey, and Callahan (2003) stated “ethics pertain to the beliefs we hold about what constitutes right conduct. Ethics are moral principles adopted by an individual or group to provide rules for ...

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