premoral

adjective
pre·​mor·​al | \ ˌprē-ˈmȯr-əl How to pronounce premoral (audio) , -ˈmär- \
variants: or pre-moral

Definition of premoral

: of, relating to, or suggestive of a time before the development of a personal or social moral code : not having, showing, or involving an understanding of right and wrong premoral instincts/behaviors a pre-moral society For what is Archie but a premoral child, almost entirely self-serving, quite unaware of anyone else's needs …— Richard Schickel … presents characters stunted at a sort of pre-moral stage of life …— Mick LaSalle It is pre-moral, invoking not the concepts of right and wrong, but the psychological mechanism of empathy.— Daniel Maidman

First Known Use of premoral

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Premoral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/premoral. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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