amoral

[ ey-mawr-uh l, a-mawr-, ey-mor-, a-mor- ]
/ eɪˈmɔr əl, æˈmɔr-, eɪˈmɒr-, æˈmɒr- /

adjective

not involving questions of right or wrong; without moral quality; neither moral nor immoral.
having no moral standards, restraints, or principles; unaware of or indifferent to questions of right or wrong: a completely amoral person.

Nearby words

  1. amor,
  2. amor asteroid,
  3. amor patriae,
  4. amora,
  5. amoraim,
  6. amorality,
  7. amorally,
  8. amorc,
  9. amoretto,
  10. amorino

Origin of amoral

First recorded in 1880–85; a-6 + moral

Related formsa·mor·al·ism, nouna·mo·ral·i·ty [ey-muh-ral-i-tee, am-uh-] /ˌeɪ məˈræl ɪ ti, ˌæm ə-/, nouna·mor·al·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for amoral

amoral

/ (eɪˈmɒrəl) /

adjective

having no moral quality; nonmoral
without moral standards or principles
Derived Formsamorality (ˌeɪmɒˈrælɪtɪ), nounamorally, adverb

usage

Amoral is often wrongly used where immoral is meant. Immoral is properly used to talk about the breaking of moral rules, amoral about people who have no moral code or about places or situations where moral considerations do not apply

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Word Origin and History for amoral

amoral

adj.

"ethically indifferent," 1882, a hybrid formed from Greek privative prefix a- "not" (see a- (3)) + moral, which is derived from Latin. First used by Robert Louis Stephenson (1850-1894) as a differentiation from immoral.

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