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amorality

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a·mor·al

[ey-mawr-uhl, a-mawr-, ey-mor-, a-mor-]
–adjective
1.
not involving questions of right or wrong; without moral quality; neither moral nor immoral.
2.
having no moral standards, restraints, or principles; unaware of or indifferent to questions of right or wrong: a completely amoral person.

Origin:
1880–85; a-6 + moral

a·mor·al·ism, noun
a·mo·ral·i·ty [ey-muh-ral-i-tee, am-uh-] , noun
a·mor·al·ly, adverb


See immoral.

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amoral (eɪˈmɒrəl) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]

adj
   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

amorality

n

a'morally

adv

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a·mor·al   (ā-môr'əl, ā-mŏr'-)   
adj.  
  1. Not admitting of moral distinctions or judgments; neither moral nor immoral.

  2. Lacking moral sensibility; not caring about right and wrong.

a·mor'al·ism n., a'mo·ral'i·ty (ā'mô-rāl'ĭ-tē, -mə-) n., a·mor'al·ly adv.
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Word Origin & History

amoral
"ethically indifferent," a hybrid formed from Gk. priv. prefix a- "not" + moral (q.v.), which is derived from Latin. First used by Robert Louis Stephenson (1850-1894) as a differentiation from immoral.
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