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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But the dismissive attitude toward women didn't stop there. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "During Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony, Contempt for Women Was on Full Display," 27 Sep. 2018 The Simpsons‘ later attempt to address the controversy—a scene in which Marge and Lisa discussed political correctness in 2018—was met with criticism by some who saw the response as dismissive. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "'He Was the Bane of My Life.' Priyanka Chopra Weighs in on the Simpsons' Apu Controversy," 4 May 2018 Smith and Funk, along with other students who spoke with the ACLU, said certain administrators and teachers were particularly dismissive of LGBTQ students, although some staffers were supportive. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "Oregon principal ousted for making LGBTQ students read Bible as punishment," 21 May 2018 Cavalier, relentlessly sunny, dismissive of rigour and organisation, the Spaniard began to create another kind of Everton. SI.com, "Why Everton Must Learn From Their History in Next Managerial Appointment or Be Doomed to Repeat it," 18 May 2018 Lassiter, for all dismissive remarks that have been made about her miniskirts and electric guitars, is intent on making a difference. Elinor Burkett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kellyanne Conway Has Been Quietly Revolutionizing D.C. Since the Late '90s," 3 Feb. 2017 Fremaux, like many others, sees the theatrical experience as the bedrock of cinema, while Netflix is openly dismissive of that idea. David Sims, The Atlantic, "What's at Stake in Cannes's Battle With Netflix," 16 Apr. 2018 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

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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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