amor·​al | \ (ˌ)ā-ˈmȯr-əl , (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

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Other Words from amoral

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

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For a consumer, the difference between Gutenbergian editorial curation and Facebook’s algorithm is that between idealistic prescription and amoral prediction. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "Facebook, Snapchat and the Dawn of the Post-Truth Era," 28 May 2018 The script traces the fragmentation of the wealthy, wretched, amoral Essenbeck family during the Nazi party’s rise to power. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "12 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 This is, alas, the Yahweh of the early Hebrews, a fickle, petulant, seemingly amoral deity whose childish obsession is with proving himself top banana in the pantheon of primitive gods. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Depraved and Beautiful Dream of the World," 12 July 2018 The ex-husband is uncaring, amoral, self-assured, breezy, confident and a total louse, a convincing case of opposites attracting. Mick Lasalle, Houston Chronicle, "Review: ‘Boundaries’ a trip to nowhere," 3 July 2018 Tess Thompson Talley from Nippa, Kentucky is a disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "American hunter's images of her black giraffe 'trophy kill' spark outrage," 1 July 2018 Priest's philosophical debate with Eddie has been eliminated, though echoes of it reverberate through the hero's amoral voice-over narration. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Superfly rolls back the clock on African-American movie heroes," 21 June 2018 And for a while, the murders provide good, amoral fun—because a computer chip is doing all the work, Grey can remain a sympathetic, even pitiable hero. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Upgrade is so derivative, it’s original," 14 June 2018 Lankov and others also argue that meeting foreigners can help North Koreans learn that Americans are not evil imperialists and amoral beasts, chipping away at the North's internal arguments for its military-first policies. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Dennis Rodman might go to Singapore. Here’s the story of his friendship with Kim Jong Un.," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of amoral

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for amoral

see moral entry 1

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