amoral

adjective amor·al \ (ˌ)ā-ˈmȯr-əl , (ˌ)a- , -ˈmär- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of amoral

1 a : 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

amoralism

play \-ə-ˌli-zəm\ noun

amorality

play \ˌā-mə-ˈra-lə-tē, ˌa-, -(ˌ)mȯ-\ noun

amorally

play \ˌā-ˈmȯr-ə-lē, (ˌ)a-, -ˈmär-\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of amoral

see 1moral


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