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neither moral nor immoral; unaware of or indifferent to questions of right or wrong: Sometimes lawbreakers are simply amoral.
Not to be confused with:
immoral – violating moral principles; bad; wicked: Stealing is an immoral act.
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1. Not admitting of moral distinctions or judgments; neither moral nor immoral.
2. Lacking moral sensibility; not caring about right and wrong.
a′mo·ral′i·ty (ā′mô-răl′ĭ-tē, -mə-) n.
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1. having no moral quality; nonmoral
2. without moral standards or principles
Usage: Amoral is often wrongly used where immoral is meant. Immoral is properly used to talk about the breaking of moral rules, amoral about people who have no moral code or about places or situations where moral considerations do not apply
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a•mor•al(eɪˈmɔr əl, æˈmɔr-, eɪˈmɒr-, æˈmɒr-)
1. without moral quality; neither moral nor immoral.
2. lacking or indifferent to moral standards, criteria, or principles.
a•mo•ral•i•ty (ˌeɪ məˈræl ɪ ti, ˌæm ə-) n.
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adjective unethical, nonmoral, unvirtuous The film was violent and amoral.
Usage: Amoral is sometimes confused with immoral. The a- at the beginning of the word means `without' or `lacking', so the word is properly used of people who have no moral code, or about places or situations where moral considerations do not apply: the film was violent and amoral. In contrast immoral should be used to talk about the breaking of moral rules, as in: drug dealing is the most immoral and evil of all human activities.
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amoral[eɪˈmɒrəl] ADJ → amoral
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adj → amoralisch
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amoral[eɪˈmɒrəl] adj → amorale
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