Definify.com

Webster 1913 Edition


Morally

Mor′al-ly

,
adv.
1.
In a moral or ethical sense; according to the rules of morality.
By good, good
morally
so called, “bonum honestum” ought chiefly to be understood.
South.
2.
According to moral rules; virtuously.
“To live morally.”
Dryden.
3.
In moral qualities; in disposition and character;
as, one who physically and
morally
endures hardships
.
4.
In a manner calculated to serve as the basis of action; according to the usual course of things and human judgment; according to reason and probability.
It is
morally
impossible for an hypocrite to keep himself long upon his guard.
L’Estrange.

Webster 1828 Edition


Morally

MOR'ALLY

,
adv.
In a moral or ethical sense; according to the rules of morality.
By good, morally so called, bonum honestum ought chiefly to be understood.
1.
Virtuously; honestly; according to moral rules in external department. He resolves to live morally.
2.
According to the rules of the divine law. An action is not in strictness morally good, which does not proceed from good motives, or a principle of love and obedience to the divine law and to the lawgiver. Charity bestowed to gratify pride, or justice done by compulsion, cannot be morally good in the sight of God.
3.
According to the evidence of human reason or of probabilities, founded on facts or experience; according to the usual course of things and human judgment.
It is morally impossible for a hypocrite to keep himself long on his guard.
From the nature of things, I am morally certain that a mind free from passion and prejudice is more fit to pass a true judgment than one biased by affection and interest.

Definition 2022


morally

morally

English

Adverb

morally (comparative more morally, superlative most morally)

  1. Relating to morals or ethics.
    Morally, it is a difficult issue to deal with.
  2. In keeping of requirements of morality.
    to behave morally

Usage notes

  • Adjectives to which "morally" is often applied: right, wrong, good, bad, acceptable, unacceptable, responsible, correct, reprehensible, repugnant, corrupt, justified, questionable, neutral, objectionable, permissible, offensive, relevant, ambiguous.

Antonyms

  • (in keeping of requirements of morality): immorally

Translations

See also

Anagrams