adjective dis·pas·sion·ate \-sh(ə-)nət\

: not influenced or affected by emotions

Full Definition of DISPASSIONATE

:  not influenced by strong feeling; especially :  not affected by personal or emotional involvement <a dispassionate critic> <a dispassionate approach to an issue>
dis·pas·sion·ate·ly adverb
dis·pas·sion·ate·ness noun


  1. Journalists aim to be dispassionate observers.
  2. He spoke in a dispassionate tone about the accident.

First Known Use of DISPASSIONATE


Synonym Discussion of DISPASSIONATE

fair, just, equitable, impartial, unbiased, dispassionate, objective mean free from favor toward either or any side. fair implies a proper balance of conflicting interests <a fair decision>. just implies an exact following of a standard of what is right and proper <a just settlement of territorial claims>. equitable implies a less rigorous standard than just and usually suggests equal treatment of all concerned <the equitable distribution of the property>. impartial stresses an absence of favor or prejudice <an impartial third party>. unbiased implies even more strongly an absence of all prejudice <your unbiased opinion>. dispassionate suggests freedom from the influence of strong feeling and often implies cool or even cold judgment <a dispassionate summation of the facts>. objective stresses a tendency to view events or persons as apart from oneself and one's own interest or feelings <I can't be objective about my own child>.
DISPASSIONATE Defined for Kids


adjective dis·pas·sion·ate \dis-ˈpa-shə-nət\

Definition of DISPASSIONATE for Kids

:  not influenced by strong feeling or personal involvement :  calm, impartial <a dispassionate judgment>
dis·pas·sion·ate·ly adverb


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