Immoral vs. Unethical - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Immoral and Unethical is that the Immoral is a philosophical concept and Unethical is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct.

Wikipedia

  • Immoral

    Immorality is the violation of moral laws, norms or standards. Immorality is normally applied to people or actions, or in a broader sense, it can be applied to groups or corporate bodies, beliefs, religions, and works of art.

  • Unethical

    Ethics or moral philosophy is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. The term ethics derives from Ancient Greek ἠθικός (ethikos), from ἦθος (ethos), meaning 'habit, custom'. The branch of philosophy axiology comprises the sub-branches of ethics and aesthetics, each concerned with values. Ethics seeks to resolve questions of human morality by defining concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, justice and crime. As a field of intellectual enquiry, moral philosophy also is related to the fields of moral psychology, descriptive ethics, and value theory. Three major areas of study within ethics recognized today are: Meta-ethics, concerning the theoretical meaning and reference of moral propositions, and how their truth values (if any) can be determined Normative ethics, concerning the practical means of determining a moral course of action Applied ethics, concerning what a person is obligated (or permitted) to do in a specific situation or a particular domain of action

Wiktionary

  • Immoral (adjective)

    not moral; inconsistent with rectitude, purity, or good morals; contrary to conscience or the divine law

    "wicked|unjust|dishonest|vicious|licentious|unethical|corrupt|unscrupulous|wrong"

    "moral"

  • Unethical (adjective)

    Not morally approvable; morally bad; not ethical.

    "The corporation was accused of unethical behavior for knowingly producing a product suspected of harming health."

Oxford Dictionary

  • Immoral (adjective)

    not conforming to accepted standards of morality

    "unseemly and immoral behaviour"

  • Unethical (adjective)

    not morally correct

    "it is unethical to torment any creature for entertainment"

Webster Dictionary

  • Immoral (adjective)

    Not moral; inconsistent with rectitude, purity, or good morals; contrary to conscience or the divine law; wicked; unjust; dishonest; vicious; licentious; as, an immoral man; an immoral deed.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Immoral (adjective)

    concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles;

    "moral sense"

    "a moral scrutiny"

    "a moral lesson"

    "a moral quandary"

    "moral convictions"

    "a moral life"

  • Immoral (adjective)

    not adhering to ethical or moral principles;

    "base and unpatriotic motives"

    "a base, degrading way of life"

    "cheating is dishonorable"

    "they considered colonialism immoral"

    "unethical practices in handling public funds"

  • Immoral (adjective)

    morally unprincipled;

    "immoral behavior"

  • Immoral (adjective)

    characterized by wickedness or immorality;

    "led a very bad life"

  • Immoral (adjective)

    marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good;

    "depraved criminals"

    "a perverted sense of loyalty"

    "the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat"

  • Unethical (adjective)

    not conforming to approved standards of social or professional behavior;

    "unethical business practices"

  • Unethical (adjective)

    not adhering to ethical or moral principles;

    "base and unpatriotic motives"

    "a base, degrading way of life"

    "cheating is dishonorable"

    "they considered colonialism immoral"

    "unethical practices in handling public funds"

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