While both the words amoral and immoral have something to do with right and wrong, they actually have a difference in terms of meaning. This post will help you identify this difference so you can use these terms properly in your writing.
The word amoral is used as an adjective which means “having or showing no concern about whether behavior is morally right or wrong,” “being outside or beyond the moral order or a particular code of morals” or “being neither moral nor immoral.”
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On the other hand, the term immoral functions as an adjective meaning “not moral or conflicting with generally or traditionally held moral principles,” or “not conforming to accepted standards of morality.”
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To further understand these two words, let us discuss what moral means. The term moral is used as an adjective which means “of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior,” or “sanctioned by or operative on one’s conscience or ethical judgment.”
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Now that we’ve discussed the difference between amoral and immoral and even touched on the term moral, you should be able to use them properly in your sentences. Keep in mind that amoral is neither moral nor immoral while immoral is the doing something against morality.