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The difference between “immoral” and “amoral”

The difference between“immoral“y“amoral“

“Immoral“y“amoral“are easy to confuse because they sound similar, and“amoral“(which is a weird word) seems like it should mean the same thing as“immoral“(which is a common word). Nevertheless,“immoral“y“amoral“They have quite different meanings.

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“Immoral“ It means morally wrong.

  • Stealing is immoral. ✔️
  • Don’t create more enemies than you kill with some immoral act. (General Jim Mattis) ✔️

“Amoral“ Means not related to morality.

  • Technology is amoral. It has no morality. (Professor Robert Ballard) ✔️
  • For a long time on Earth, humans didn’t worship good gods. That’s a new idea. Most of the ancient Greek gods and the Hindu gods are amoral. We get stuck when we insist that God be both good and all-powerful. (Author Barbara Ehrenreich) ✔️

More about“Immoral“and“Amoral“

The confusion between“immoral“y“amoral“it’s understandable because the words relate to having no morals (that is, the standards or principles that someone adopts to distinguish right from wrong).“Immoral“means not adhering to those principles, while“amoral“it means not being related to those principles.


The adjective“immoral“means“not adhering to moral principles“(i.e. deliberately breaking the rules of right and wrong).

Example sentences with“immoral“:

  • Stop looking at Peter’s answers. Your conduct is immoral. ✔️
  • Everything I like is either illegal, immoral, or fattening.  (Critic Alexander Woollcott) ✔️
  • What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.  (Writer Ernest Hemingway) ✔️


El adjetivo“amoral“it’s technical and quite rare. Means“unrelated to morality“. It belongs to the noun amorality. Amorality is a state in which the concept of right and wrong is invalid. Examples of sentences with“amoral“:

  • Deciding which scent you like best is an amoral decision. ✔️
  • The scientists try not to consider whether their research is right or wrong. They are encouraged to adopt a totally amoral attitude. ✔️

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