amor·​al | \ (ˌ)ā-ˈmȯr-əl How to pronounce amoral (audio) , (ˌ)a-, -ˈmär- \

Definition of amoral

1a : having or showing no concern about whether behavior is morally right or wrong amoral politicians an amoral, selfish person
b : being neither moral nor immoral specifically : lying outside the sphere to which moral judgments apply Science as such is completely amoral. — W. S. Thompson
2 : being outside or beyond the moral order or a particular code of morals amoral customs

Other Words from amoral

amoralism \ (ˌ)ā-​ˈmȯr-​ə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce amoral (audio) , (ˌ)a-​ , -​ˈmär-​ \ noun
amorality \ ˌā-​mə-​ˈra-​lə-​tē How to pronounce amoral (audio) , ˌa-​ , -​(ˌ)mȯ-​ \ noun
amorally \ ˌā-​ˈmȯr-​ə-​lē How to pronounce amoral (audio) , (ˌ)a-​ , -​ˈmär-​ \ adverb

Examples of amoral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The philosophy professor on the sitcom endeavors to teach morality and ethics to an unapologetically amoral person, and his bite-size lessons are woven into the show’s action and humor. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 May 2022 He is hired by the ruthlessly amoral Raoul Bushman for a job, in which the latter kills an archaeologist who has uncovered an Egyptian tomb. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 6 May 2022 Here, a pattern is reversed—not a candidate who was born yesterday, but a consultant, one who in the end swallows his principles and reconciles himself to his amoral employer’s way of doing things, rather than the other way around. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 But the fact of the country itself as a fundamentally amoral entity does not excuse amorality on the part of those inhabiting, and governing, it. Parker Richards, The New Republic, 17 Mar. 2022 Uber and WeWork are highly successful products by most standards, and yet over-ambitious growth and reckless, amoral leadership almost destroyed both. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 10 Mar. 2022 Helping him along the way is the seemingly amoral Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), and Gotham City’s most honest cop, Jim Gordon (Jeffrey Wright). Joe George, Men's Health, 2 Mar. 2022 Despite what the amoral hustlers running the National Basketball Association suggest, the greatest menace is the government of China. Arkansas Online, 31 Jan. 2022 This simple, amoral calculation explains why Facebook has enabled QAnon to infect millions, white supremacists to glorify mass shootings, and Burmese to massacre the Rohingya. William Falk, The Week, 9 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of amoral

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for amoral

a- entry 2 + moral entry 1

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“Amoral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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