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 for Moral sense
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sense \Sense\, n. [L. sensus, from sentire, sensum, to perceive,
     to feel, from the same root as E. send; cf. OHG. sin sense,
     mind, sinnan to go, to journey, G. sinnen to meditate, to
     think: cf. F. sens. For the change of meaning cf. See, v.
     t. See Send, and cf. Assent, Consent, Scent, v. t.,
     Sentence, Sentient.]
     1. (Physiol.) A faculty, possessed by animals, of perceiving
        external objects by means of impressions made upon certain
        organs (sensory or sense organs) of the body, or of
        perceiving changes in the condition of the body; as, the
        senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. See
        Muscular sense, under Muscular, and Temperature
        sense, under Temperature.
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              Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep. --Shak.
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              What surmounts the reach
              Of human sense I shall delineate.     --Milton.
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              The traitor Sense recalls
              The soaring soul from rest.           --Keble.
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     2. Perception by the sensory organs of the body; sensation;
        sensibility; feeling.
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              In a living creature, though never so great, the
              sense and the affects of any one part of the body
              instantly make a transcursion through the whole.
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     3. Perception through the intellect; apprehension;
        recognition; understanding; discernment; appreciation.
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              This Basilius, having the quick sense of a lover.
                                                    --Sir P.
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              High disdain from sense of injured merit. --Milton.
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     4. Sound perception and reasoning; correct judgment; good
        mental capacity; understanding; also, that which is sound,
        true, or reasonable; rational meaning. "He speaks sense."
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              He raves; his words are loose
              As heaps of sand, and scattering wide from sense.
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     5. That which is felt or is held as a sentiment, view, or
        opinion; judgment; notion; opinion.
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              I speak my private but impartial sense
              With freedom.                         --Roscommon.
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              The municipal council of the city had ceased to
              speak the sense of the citizens.      --Macaulay.
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     6. Meaning; import; signification; as, the true sense of
        words or phrases; the sense of a remark.
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              So they read in the book in the law of God
              distinctly, and gave the sense.       --Neh. viii.
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              I think 't was in another sense.      --Shak.
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     7. Moral perception or appreciation.
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              Some are so hardened in wickedness as to have no
              sense of the most friendly offices.   --L' Estrange.
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     8. (Geom.) One of two opposite directions in which a line,
        surface, or volume, may be supposed to be described by the
        motion of a point, line, or surface.
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     Common sense, according to Sir W. Hamilton:
        (a) "The complement of those cognitions or convictions
            which we receive from nature, which all men possess in
            common, and by which they test the truth of knowledge
            and the morality of actions."
        (b) "The faculty of first principles." These two are the
            philosophical significations.
        (c) "Such ordinary complement of intelligence, that,if a
            person be deficient therein, he is accounted mad or
        (d) When the substantive is emphasized: "Native practical
            intelligence, natural prudence, mother wit, tact in
            behavior, acuteness in the observation of character,
            in contrast to habits of acquired learning or of
     Moral sense. See under Moral,
        (a) .
     The inner sense, or The internal sense, capacity of the
        mind to be aware of its own states; consciousness;
        reflection. "This source of ideas every man has wholly in
        himself, and though it be not sense, as having nothing to
        do with external objects, yet it is very like it, and
        might properly enough be called internal sense." --Locke.
     Sense capsule (Anat.), one of the cartilaginous or bony
        cavities which inclose, more or less completely, the
        organs of smell, sight, and hearing.
     Sense organ (Physiol.), a specially irritable mechanism by
        which some one natural force or form of energy is enabled
        to excite sensory nerves; as the eye, ear, an end bulb or
        tactile corpuscle, etc.
     Sense organule (Anat.), one of the modified epithelial
        cells in or near which the fibers of the sensory nerves
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     Syn: Understanding; reason.
     Usage: Sense, Understanding, Reason. Some philosophers
            have given a technical signification to these terms,
            which may here be stated. Sense is the mind's acting
            in the direct cognition either of material objects or
            of its own mental states. In the first case it is
            called the outer, in the second the inner, sense.
            Understanding is the logical faculty, i. e., the power
            of apprehending under general conceptions, or the
            power of classifying, arranging, and making
            deductions. Reason is the power of apprehending those
            first or fundamental truths or principles which are
            the conditions of all real and scientific knowledge,
            and which control the mind in all its processes of
            investigation and deduction. These distinctions are
            given, not as established, but simply because they
            often occur in writers of the present day.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Moral \Mor"al\, a. [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner,
     custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]
     1. Relating to duty or obligation; pertaining to those
        intentions and actions of which right and wrong, virtue
        and vice, are predicated, or to the rules by which such
        intentions and actions ought to be directed; relating to
        the practice, manners, or conduct of men as social beings
        in relation to each other, as respects right and wrong, so
        far as they are properly subject to rules.
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              Keep at the least within the compass of moral
              actions, which have in them vice or virtue.
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              Mankind is broken loose from moral bands. --Dryden.
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              She had wandered without rule or guidance in a moral
              wilderness.                           --Hawthorne.
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     2. Conformed to accepted rules of right; acting in conformity
        with such rules; virtuous; just; as, a moral man. Used
        sometimes in distinction from religious; as, a moral
        rather than a religious life.
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              The wiser and more moral part of mankind. --Sir M.
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     3. Capable of right and wrong action or of being governed by
        a sense of right; subject to the law of duty.
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              A moral agent is a being capable of those actions
              that have a moral quality, and which can properly be
              denominated good or evil in a moral sense. --J.
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     4. Acting upon or through one's moral nature or sense of
        right, or suited to act in such a manner; as, a moral
        arguments; moral considerations. Sometimes opposed to
        material and physical; as, moral pressure or support.
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     5. Supported by reason or probability; practically
        sufficient; -- opposed to legal or demonstrable; as, a
        moral evidence; a moral certainty.
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     6. Serving to teach or convey a moral; as, a moral lesson;
        moral tales.
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     Moral agent, a being who is capable of acting with
        reference to right and wrong.
     Moral certainty, a very high degree or probability,
        although not demonstrable as a certainty; a probability of
        so high a degree that it can be confidently acted upon in
        the affairs of life; as, there is a moral certainty of his
     Moral insanity, insanity, so called, of the moral system;
        badness alleged to be irresponsible.
     Moral philosophy, the science of duty; the science which
        treats of the nature and condition of man as a moral
        being, of the duties which result from his moral
        relations, and the reasons on which they are founded.
     Moral play, an allegorical play; a morality. [Obs.]
     Moral sense, the power of moral judgment and feeling; the
        capacity to perceive what is right or wrong in moral
        conduct, and to approve or disapprove, independently of
        education or the knowledge of any positive rule or law.
     Moral theology, theology applied to morals; practical
        theology; casuistry.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  moral sense
      n 1: motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral
           principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
           [syn: conscience, scruples, moral sense, sense of
           right and wrong]

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