[ ey-mawr-uhl, a-mawr-, ey-mor-, a-mor- ]
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  1. not involving questions of right or wrong; without moral quality; neither moral nor immoral.

  2. having no moral standards, restraints, or principles; unaware of or indifferent to questions of right or wrong: a completely amoral person.

Origin of amoral

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

synonym study For amoral

See immoral.

Other words from amoral

  • a·mor·al·ism, noun
  • a·mo·ral·i·ty [ey-muh-ral-i-tee, am-uh-], /ˌeɪ məˈræl ɪ ti, ˌæm ə-/, noun
  • a·mor·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use amoral in a sentence

  • And this she can do without the least qualms of conscience, in virtue of her firm belief in the amorality of political conduct.

    England and Germany | Emile Joseph Dillon

British Dictionary definitions for amoral


/ (eɪˈmɒrəl) /

  1. having no moral quality; nonmoral

  2. without moral standards or principles

usage For amoral

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

Derived forms of amoral

  • amorality (ˌeɪmɒˈrælɪtɪ), noun
  • amorally, adverb

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