dis·​mis·​sive | \ dis-ˈmi-siv How to pronounce dismissive (audio) \

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

Examples of dismissive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only the remaining eight per cent of Americans fall into the final category, dismissive. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2021 Openly dismissive of Amazon’s technical ability, SpaceX accused the company of trying to delay SpaceX’s efforts to make up for its own failures. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 Facebook’s long-standing laissez-faire approach to speech on its platform and Uber’s dismissive approach to labor law and taxi regulation. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2021 For instance, social Darwinists were significantly more likely to exhibit a fearful, preoccupied, or dismissive attachment style than a secure one. Mark Travers, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 And Novoseller, in a November interview, said the community’s reaction to the subdivision may have been short sighted and dismissive of his career in adaptive reuse. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 24 Aug. 2021 And a similar friction develops between the sardonic, dismissive Lars and the overly cutesy, clearly hiding-something Carmel (Regina Hall); the former speaks of Masha with a kind of condescension, the latter with a sort of fascination. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 18 Aug. 2021 Women are disproportionately at risk and often experience frustrating and dismissive care. Laura Helmuth, Scientific American, 16 Aug. 2021 But Biden was defiant and dismissive of that criticism in his 20-minute address. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, 16 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of dismissive

1645, in the meaning defined above

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“Dismissive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismissive. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dismissive

: refusing to think about or consider something or someone
: showing that you do not think something or someone is worth thinking about or considering

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