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[ey-mawr-uh l, a-mawr-, ey-mor-, a-mor-] /eɪˈmɔr əl, æˈmɔr-, eɪˈmɒr-, æˈmɒr-/
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.
Origin of amoral
1880-85; a-6 + moral
Related forms
amoralism, noun
[ey-muh-ral-i-tee, am-uh-] /ˌeɪ məˈræl ɪ ti, ˌæm ə-/ (Show IPA),
amorally, adverb
See immoral. Unabridged
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  • Never underestimate the entertainment value of the industriously amoral.
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  • But the great thing about good science is that it's amoral, objective and doesn't cater to the court of public opinion.
  • Evolution teaches us that nature is heartless, amoral, completely unconcerned with if humanity survives or passes.
  • The amoral slacker loses friends, lovers and his law license.
  • I'm going to take the amoral position.
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  • Either liability must be re-introduced or corporations will destroy society through their essential amorality.
  • What makes Morris so fascinating is his utterly amoral mindset.
  • The former is factually based and amoral.
British Dictionary definitions for amoral


having no moral quality; nonmoral
without moral standards or principles
Derived Forms
amorality (ˌeɪmɒˈrælɪtɪ) noun
amorally, adverb
Usage note
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

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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