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Ancient Greek ἀρετή (aretḗ, virtue) +‎ -ics.


aretaics (uncountable)

  1. (ethics) The ethical theory which excludes all relations between virtue and happiness; the science of virtue; contrasted with eudaemonics.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for aretaics in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)