I didn't understand the usage. What does it mean and when can we use it?

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    Please try to give the context where possible as that makes it much easier to give you a good answer.
    – z7sg Ѫ
    Sep 18, 2011 at 13:55
  • For reasons which aren't clear to me, "morally important" doesn't sit so well with me as "morally significant". Apparently I'm not alone in feeling this way, as this NGram shows. So in answer to OP's question "When can we use it?", I'm inclined to say "Never - use morally significant instead". Sep 18, 2011 at 14:42

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It depends on the context, but the most common meaning is "having a significant effect on the moral status of an action". For example, "Is it morally important whether I kill someone or let them die?" This asks whether the moral status of an action can be different depending on whether it was active (killing someone) or passive (letting them die).


"Morally important" means important from a "moral" standpoint; having an important bearing on what's "right or wrong."

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