Legal Definition and Related Resources of Immoral

Meaning of Immoral

Contrary to the accepted standards of moral conduct , whether illegal or not; obscene ; indecent. Used most frequently of illicit sex relations, but also applies to contracts which are void because of immoral consideration .

Immoral Alternative Definition

That which tends to subvert morality or decency. Contracts, etc., tending to sexual immorality furnish the most common examples, but a contract in derogation of religion was held “immoral” in England (L. R. 2 Exch. 230), as was a contract involving the removal of several thousand bodies from a burying ground (1 Cab. & El. 577).

Synonyms of Immoral


  • amoral
  • arrant
  • bad
  • base
  • conscienceless
  • corrupt
  • criminal
  • debauched
  • degenerate
  • depraved
  • dishonest
  • dishonorable
  • disreputable
  • dissipated
  • dissolute
  • evil
  • exploitative
  • false
  • flagitious
  • graceless
  • heinous
  • ignoble
  • illaudable
  • illegal
  • illicit
  • improper
  • impure
  • indecent
  • iniquitous
  • knavish
  • lacking morals
  • lecherous
  • lewd
  • libidinous
  • licentious
  • male moratus
  • miscreant
  • nefarious
  • objectionable
  • perditus
  • pernicious
  • perverted
  • pettifogging
  • pravus
  • profligate
  • promiscuous
  • prurient
  • reprobate
  • roguish
  • salacious
  • shameless
  • shocking
  • sinful
  • unchaste
  • unconscionable
  • unethical
  • unjustifiable
  • unlawful
  • unmoral
  • unprincipled
  • unrighteous
  • unscrupulous
  • unvirtuous
  • unwholesome
  • wicked
  • without integrity
  • wrong Associated Concepts: immoral act
  • immoral agreement
  • immoral conduct
  • immoral consideration
  • obscenityforeign phrases: Ex turpi causa non oritur actio
  • No cause of action arises out of an immoral or illegal consideration

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Etimology of Immoral

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1650s, “not consistent with moral law or standards, ethically wrong,” from assimilated form of in- (1) “not” + moral (adj.). In legal language it tends to mean merely “contrary to common good or reasonable order.” Related: Immorally.


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  • Morals



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