two wrongs don't make a right

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two wrongs don't make a right

  1. (ethics) A wrongful action is not a morally appropriate way to correct or cancel a previous wrongful action.
    • 1915, William MacLeod Raine, chapter 15, in The Highgrader:
      "But when it comes to taking what belongs to another—well, a thief is a thief. . . . After all, two wrongs don't make a right, do they?"
    • 2006 April 9, Clifton Brown, “Boxing: Mayweather Is Crowned, but not without a Fight”, in New York Times, retrieved 17 June 2009:
      "Late in the fight, Roger told me Zab was going to do something dirty, and he did it," Mayweather said after the fight. "I didn't return it, because two wrongs don't make a right."
    • 2023 May 31, Barry Doe, “A potential downside of ticket reform needs consideration”, in RAIL, number 984, page 58:
      I have no doubt that while the industry loses a great deal of revenue owing to fraudulent travel, it probably more than makes up for it by allowing journey planners to charge too much for journeys - and two wrongs don't make a right.



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