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How can I say "the value some action has by having or not having the quality of virtue"? I want to say "virtual value" but that sounds like the value is not real. How else can I phrase this?

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Virtuous means possessing virtue; having or showing virtue.

You could say virtuous value or that the action was virtuous.

Another option is to choose a synonym for virtuous, and say something like noble value.

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Moral Value

"His action was commended for its moral value." Virtue and morality aren't exactly the same thing, but they are similar enough to make this work in mosts contexts.

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Virtue value is an option, at least better than "virtual value". But there may be better ways still to say it, including dropping the word "value".

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Lexically speaking the word OP seeks should be virtuousness, but in practice most people would use the near-synonym righteousness in this context...

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In D&D games, this quantity was called 'karma points'. The phrase seems to be making a comeback:Ngram for karma points

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Virtue and karma are reasonably close in a D&D session, but in the real world the differences are significant. –  TimLymington May 30 '12 at 22:00
    
I thought perhaps AA was looking for the units with which virtue might be measured, something similar to 'pleasure utils', from the field of economics. I would say that 'karma points' conveys that. –  Bobbi Bennett May 30 '12 at 22:43
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