dismissive

adjective
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

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Sometimes people were condescending or dismissive or rude. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "From Nightmare Temp Jobs to Ticket Scalper Horror Stories—The Side Hustles We Don't Recommend," 9 Apr. 2019 So, Priyanka’s response—concise, dismissive, and frankly, a little annoyed—was, yes, a reaction to the question at hand. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Is Not Here for Those Meghan Markle Feud Rumors," 25 Mar. 2019 Well before his election, Mr. Macron displayed a penchant for sounding dismissive and unsympathetic when talking to unemployed people, labor union members and retirees. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "That’s ‘Mr. President’ to You: Macron Scolds French Student," 19 June 2018 The White House’s statement is at best ignorant and at worst neglectfully dismissive. Monique Judge, The Root, "Police Shooting and Killing Black Men? It’s Not the White House’s Problem, Sarah Huckabee Sanders Says," 28 Mar. 2018 Buyers of bitcoin near the top weren’t just overconfident—a hallmark of bubbles—but were dismissive of skeptics as Luddites who just didn’t get it. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Bitcoin Wasn’t a Bubble Until It Was," 14 Dec. 2018 But investors have been far too dismissive of the company’s lapses, as well as the potential impact on its business. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Facebook Is Losing the Best Kind of Friends," 25 July 2018 Some women’s groups, including the Hollywood activist group Time’s Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers. Washington Post, "Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe," 26 May 2018 Some women’s groups, including the Hollywood activist group Time’s Up, accused the Democrat of being too deferential to Weinstein and too dismissive of his accusers. Colleen Long, BostonGlobe.com, "Harvey Weinstein expected to turn himself in for arrest," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of dismissive

1645, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for dismissive

dismissive

adjective

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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