[ ey-mawr-uh l, a-mawr-, ey-mor-, a-mor- ]
/ eɪˈmɔr əl, æˈmɔr-, eɪˈmɒr-, æˈmɒr- /
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SYNONYMS FOR amoral
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 amoralism
/ (eɪˈmɒrəl) /
having no moral quality; nonmoral
without moral standards or principles
Derived Formsamorality (ˌeɪmɒˈrælɪtɪ), nounamorally, adverb
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 amoralism
"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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