premoral

adjective pre·mor·al \ ˌprē-ˈmȯr-əl , -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

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