Morals are what you believe to be right and wrong. People can have different morals: you might say, “I like his morals” or “I wonder about his morals.”

Your morals are your ideas about right and wrong, especially how you should act and treat other people. Most people would agree that thieves, murderers, and other criminals are lacking morals. A lot of people would say politicians could use some morals as well. Every person has a slightly different set of morals, and different cultures have their own morals as well. You probably get your morals from a combination of your parents, your teachers, your culture, and your religion.

Definitions of morals
  1. noun

    motivation based on ideas of right and wrong

    ethical motive, ethics, morality
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    the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle
    conscience, moral sense, scruples, sense of right and wrong

    motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person’s thoughts and actions
    Christ Within, Inner Light, Light, Light Within

    a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul

    (psychoanalysis) that part of the unconscious mind that acts as a conscience
    small voice, voice of conscience, wee small voice

    an inner voice that judges your behavior
    sense of duty, sense of shame

    a motivating awareness of ethical responsibility
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    motivation, motive, need

    the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior

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