dis·mis·sive | \dis-ˈmi-siv \

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

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Other Words from dismissive

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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In the cases the AP witnessed, Sahar often appeared to pay little attention when defendants spoke and was dismissive of their comments. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "A neighbor's word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 Few garments have caused as much of a media storm as that Zara jacket with its dismissive white graffiti scrawl. Robin Givhan, Houston Chronicle, "Nothing else Melania Trump wears will ever matter again," 13 July 2018 Documents revealed during the lawsuit between Uber and Waymo suggested that Levandowski took a dismissive attitude toward safety during his days with the Google self-driving car team. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Exec accused of stealing Waymo’s trade secrets starts new self-driving company," 3 July 2018 To hear Dion’s dismissive comeback, watch the video above. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Deadpool's Interpretive Dancing with Celine Dion Is True Artistry," 3 May 2018 The suit lists a number of blatantly racist acts by Lee and the team, including: Ignoring and being dismissive of white people, especially white women: Which technically makes me racist, too. Michael Harriot, The Root, "This White Woman’s Discrimination Lawsuit Against the Atlanta Hawks Feels Eerily Familiar," 21 Mar. 2018 It’s as though his once-lovable stupidity has been weaponized into something a lot more dismissive and dangerous. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "How did Patrick Star of ‘SpongeBob’ become a meme phenomenon?," 12 July 2018 In fact, as previously mentioned, her photo caption appeared dismissive and rude to anyone who felt offended by her hair choice. Teryn Payne, Glamour, "Kim Kardashian West Responds to the Backlash Over Her Braids," 21 June 2018 Unfortunately, the airline agent was dismissive and didn’t even try to be accommodating. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: Consignment store won’t look at my stuff," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of dismissive

1645, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dismissive was in 1645

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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