dismissive

adjective dis·mis·sive \ dis-ˈmi-siv \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of dismissive

: serving to dismiss or reject someone or something : having or showing a disdainful attitude toward someone or something regarded as unworthy of serious attention
  • He responded to the question with a dismissive wave.
  • In the past, Westerberg had been dismissive of Bob's playing, but he says relistening to the early records gave him a new perspective.
  • —Bob Weir

dismissively

adverb
    • Writer Tom Fontana's violent, realistic drama debuted five years ago and uninitiated viewers still dismissively call it "that prison show on HBO."
    • —Ian Rothkerch
    • These are not people who speak dismissively of the brain's capabilities.
    • —Brad Leithauser

dismissiveness

noun
    • The work of feminist scholars, both individually and collectively, has been greeted in some quarters with impatience, irritation, dismissiveness, even contempt.
    • —Cullen Murphy

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First Known Use of dismissive

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