Noun ethic has 2 senses
  1. ethic, moral principle, value-system, value orientation - the principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group; "the Puritan ethic"; "a person with old-fashioned values"
    --1 is a kind of principle
    --1 has particulars: Chartism
  2. ethic, ethical code - a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct
    --2 is a kind of system, system of rules
    --2 has parts: principle, precept
    --2 has particulars: double standard