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amoral

[ey-mawr-uh l, a-mawr-, ey-mor-, a-mor-] /eɪˈmɔr əl, æˈmɔr-, eɪˈmɒr-, æˈmɒr-/
adjective
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
1880-1885
1880-85; a-6 + moral
Related forms
amoralism, noun
amorality
[ey-muh-ral-i-tee, am-uh-] /ˌeɪ məˈræl ɪ ti, ˌæm ə-/ (Show IPA),
noun
amorally, adverb
Synonyms
See immoral.
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  • The author's idea about the amorality of science is erroneous.
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  • They were subversive, anarchic hedonists pursuing a particular line of amorality.
British Dictionary definitions for amorality

amoral

/eɪˈmɒrəl/
adjective
1.
having no moral quality; nonmoral
2.
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 amorality

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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