Pertains to character, conduct, intention, social relations, etc.
1. Pertaining or relating to the conscience or moral sense or to the general principles of right conduct.
2. Cognizable or enforceable only by the conscience or by the principles of right conduct, as distinguished from positive law.
3. Depending upon or resulting from probability; raising a belief or conviction in the mind independent of strict or logical proof.
4. Involving or affecting the moral sense; as in the phrase "moral insanity."
@ moral actions
Those only in which men have knowledge to guide them, and a will to choose for themselves
@ moral certainty
That degree of assurance which induces a man of sound mind to act, without doubt, upon the conclusions to which it leads. A high degree of impression of the truth of a fact, falling short of absolute certainty, but sufficient to justify a verdict of guilty, even in a capital case. Such signifies a probability sufficiently strong to justify action on it; a very high degree of probability, although not demonstrable, as a certainty. It has also been used as indicating a conclusion of the mind established beyond a reasonable doubt. Gray v. State, 56 Okl.Cr. 208, 38 P.2d 967
@ moral consideration
@ moral duress
Consists in imposition, oppression, undue influence, or the taking of undue advantage of the business or financial stress or extreme necessity or weakness of another. Lafayette Dramatic Productions v. Ferentz, 305 Mich. 193, 9 N.W.2d 57, 66.
See also coercion
@ moral evidence
As opposed to "mathematical" or "demonstrative" evidence, this term denotes that kind of evidence which, without developing an absolute and necessary certainty, generates a high degree of probability or persuasive force. It is founded upon analogy or induction, experience of the ordinary course of nature or the sequence of events, and the testimony of men
@ moral fraud
This phrase is one of the less usual designations of "actual" or "positive" fraud or "fraud in fact," as distinguished from "constructive fraud" or "fraud in law." It means fraud which involves actual guilt, a wrongful purpose, or moral obliquity
- moral hazard (See also hazard)
@ moral law
The law of conscience; the aggregate of those rules and principles of ethics which relate to right and wrong conduct and prescribe the standards to which the actions of men should conform in their dealings with each other.
See also natural law
- moral obligation
@ moral turpitude
The act of baseness, vileness, or the depravity in private and social duties which man owes to his fellow man, or to society in general, contrary to accepted and customary rule of right and duty between man and man. State v. Adkins, 40 Ohio App.2d 473, 320 N.E.2d 308, 311, 69 O.O.2d 416.
Act or behavior that gravely violates moral sentiment or accepted moral standards of community and is a morally culpable quality held to be present in some criminal offenses as distinguished from others. Lee v. Wisconsin State Bd. of Dental Examiners, 29 Wis.2d 330, 139 N.W.2d 61, 65.
The quality of a crime involving grave infringement of the moral sentiment of the community as distinguished from statutory mala prohibita. People v. Ferguson, 55 Misc.2d 711, 286 N.Y.S.2d 976, 981.
See also turpitude
+ moral turpitude
A term of frequent occurrence in statutes, especially those providing that a witness' conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude may be shown as tending to impeach his credibility. In general, it means neither more nor less than "turpitude," i.e., anything done contrary to justice, honesty, modesty, or good morals. It is also commonly defined as an act of baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private and social duties which a man owes to his fellow man or to society in general, contrary to the accepted and customary rule of right and duty between man and man.
Although a vague term, it implies something immoral in itself, regardless of its being punishable by law. Thus excluding unintentional wrong, or an improper act done without unlawful or improper intent. It is also said to be restricted to the gravest offenses, consisting of felonies, infamous crimes, and those that are malum in se and disclose a depraved mind. Bartos v. United States District Court for District of Nebraska, C.C.A.Neb., 19 F.2d 722, 724.

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