silver rule

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silver rule (plural silver rules)

  1. (ethics) The principle that one should not treat other people in the manner in which one would not want to be treated by them.
    • 1934, J. O. Hertzler, "On Golden Rules," International Journal of Ethics, vol. 44, no. 4, p. 421:
      Confucius (551-479 BC) squarely faces the issue and gives us the first specific statement of the rule in its negative form, sometimes referred to as the "Silver Rule."

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