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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 Trump’s dismissive attitude toward the science of climate change is no more based in reality than his minimizing (in public, anyway) of the deadliness of the coronavirus. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Western Fires and a Gulf Coast Hurricane, But No Weather Drama Here," 15 Sep. 2020 Trump's supporters Trump has been dismissive of many of his supporters. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Michael Cohen in new book writes Trump is 'a predator, a con man'," 9 Sep. 2020 Both Democratic and Republican leadership in the House have been dismissive of the Problem Solvers discussions, however, according to people familiar with the matter. Erik Wasson, Bloomberg.com, "Stimulus Vote to Test Republican Unity Under Election Pressures," 9 Sep. 2020 The dismissive attitude that many in China feel towards any potential threat from India was evident in state media coverage of the latest dispute this week. James Griffiths, CNN, "India and China are squaring off in the Himalayas again. How worried should we be?," 2 Sep. 2020 Bogle, who lives in an on-campus residence hall that the university has not converted to isolation space, said that kind of dismissive attitude toward basic preventative measures is common among some UA students. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al, "‘This is just insane’: Students say UA is doing too little to protect them from COVID-19," 31 Aug. 2020 But, but, but NASA Administrator Bridenstine was dismissive when asked about using Dragons instead of Orions for the Artemis Program. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Could a Dragon spacecraft fly humans to the Moon? It’s complicated," 16 Aug. 2020 George, along with Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, three members of the group the Traveling Wilburys, are rude, dismissive and sexist toward their female interviewer. Washington Post, "Getting to know George Harrison through his own words," 6 Aug. 2020 Owing to years of dismissive and negligent responses, this has become a crisis that scars the hearts of our Native families and communities. Jeannie Hovland, Fortune, "Missing and murdered Native Americans: How to combat the worsening crisis in the U.S.," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of dismissive

1645, in the meaning defined above

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21 Sep 2020

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“Dismissive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismissive. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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