Recently I used the word morally as an adjective formed from the noun moral. The concept I wanted to describe was that some statement is morally correct if you are able to agree with it intuitively but you don't necessarily have evidence or proof for it. So the statement would be a moral of some precise story (meaning evidence or proof).
Then it was pointed out to me that this might not be correct because morally is usually understood as referring to morality. So I looked it up in the dictionary and, indeed, I weren't able to find the meaning I wanted. So my questions are:
- Is it correct to use word morally in the meaning I referred to above?
- More generally, how do I know that words I form (e.g. by deriving adjectives from nouns) are correct? Is it enough to look in the dictionary and by not finding the word there, could I conclude that the word (or some special meaning of the word) indeed does not exist?