I am looking for the adjective word that means “pertaining to one’s values

The word I’m looking for would be analogous to the way the word ‘emotional’ pertains to one’s emotions.

As in: “We are looking for creative and [adjective pertaining to one’s values] alignment in our group.”

I’m aware of words like ‘moral’ and ‘ethical,’ I’m just wondering if there is a derivation specifically for this use of the word ‘value’ as I think there are subtle but meaningful differences between them.

  • If you are referring to political, cultural values the term identitarian may fit. collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/identitarian
    – Gio
    Sep 27, 2023 at 15:47
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    ... That's more 'promoting one’s group's values', Gio. Sep 27, 2023 at 15:51
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    This looks like a lexical gap. 'Valuary' exists, but it's a given name. Sep 27, 2023 at 15:55
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    Wouldn't moral or ethical work in this context? IOW, what could moral alignment mean other than alignment in terms of values?
    – m.a.a.
    Sep 27, 2023 at 16:48
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    On the face of it, I'd agree with @m.a.a. : values are the content of ethics and morality. But in your example -- and I'm sorry if this is a bit blunt -- you may be looking for 'ideological'
    – KTM
    Sep 27, 2023 at 19:06

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Following up on Barmar's line of thought in a comment above, the compound adjective value-centric might work in some situations:

We are looking for creative and value-centric alignment in our group.

-centric (combining form)

Forming adjectives with the sense 'having a centre of a specified type', as polycentric adj., ethnocentric adj., Eurocentric adj., heliocentric adj., technocentric adj., etc. [OED]

PAs [Physician Assistants] are ultimately related to value, dollars, and needs. Business journals define value as the return related to the investment cost. Values in philosophy are standards or ideals with which to evaluate actions, people, things, or situations. Beauty, honesty, justice, peace, and generosity are all examples of values that many people endorse. The essence of economics is the three underlying principles of scarcity, efficiency, and sovereignty. The medical concept of value reflects needs, wishes, preferences, and the ethics of providine value-centric patient care.
Sharona Kanosfsy; Intrinsic Skills for Physician Assistants (2019)

The goal of value-centric selling is to keep the consumer in mind at every stage of the sales process "What do you mean by Value Centric Selling?"; tutorialspoint.com

Value-Centric Analysis is an advanced form of system concept analysis that uses a system value model to measure the relative attractiveness of alternative architectures, materiel solutions, and conceptual system designs. Value-Centric Design is a systems engineering process in which design alternatives are evaluated by a value model, and the highest value alternative is generally chosen.
"Value-Centric Analysis and Value-Centric Design"; ResearchGate (2010)

Charles Kerns; Value-Centered Ethics: A Proactive System to Shape Ethical Behavor (2005)


"Evaluative" works for me. “We are looking for creative and evaluative alignment in our group.” From the free dictionary:

evaluative (ɪˈvæljʊətɪv), adj

  1. of, denoting, or based on an act of evaluating
  2. philosophy expressing an attitude or value judgment; emotive
  • Don't use screenshots of text; instead copy and paste the text into your answer directly. This is necessary so that everyone can read it, even people who use screen-readers.
    – Laurel
    Sep 28, 2023 at 22:10
  • @Laurel: Thanks. Will do. Don Sep 29, 2023 at 4:00
  • No; 'evaluative' strongly defaults to 'regarding the valuation of' not 'pertaining to one's values'. Sep 29, 2023 at 11:28

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