Long ago, I have heard Itai Shafrir, one of my differential equations mathematics teachers, claim several times that a result or a conjecture should hold "moralement" in French ("morally" in English). Since then, I have observed the same gimmick in several conferences (in French and English as well), by many people like Haïm Brezis or Pierre-Louis Lions.
So far, I have heard this statement mostly in the mouth of mathematicians involved in partial differential equations (PDE). Nevertheless, occurrences of "Morally we have" can be found in several other subfields of mathematics.
Did someone else make the same observations? If so, where does "morality" come from, precisely, in mathematics?
I do understand the meaning ("stuff that should be, knowing what we know"), and would like to trace the source of this expression, in a domain where truth is more important than morality. Especially, is it more common in PDE or applied mathematics as I have observed? Are there occurrences in languages other that English or French?