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 On Thursday, President Biden’s climate envoy, John Kerry, met in Shanghai with his counterpart to press China on reducing its carbon emissions, at a time when an emboldened Communist Party leadership has become increasingly dismissive of US demands. BostonGlobe.com, "Seeking cooperation on climate, US faces friction with China," 15 Apr. 2021 But until recently, its attitude toward the lucrative romance-publishing industry (which accounts for a quarter of all fiction sales annually) remained dismissive. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Romancing the Screen: Could a Bridgerton effect give the romance genre a Hollywood ending?," 14 Apr. 2021 Thompson and Nwodim do well with the same friendly yet dismissive tack, and Chris Redd brings some necessary relief in the form of his misbehaving weatherman. Matthew Love, Vulture, "Saturday Night Live Recap: Carey Mulligan Kicks the Drama Into Hyperspace," 11 Apr. 2021 While acknowledging the plight of tenants, many local, state, and federal government agencies appear dismissive of the plight of small-time landlords, such as Rich Tyson of Rochester, New York. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "Eviction moratorium: Landlords pay a price," 1 Apr. 2021 For hearing audiences, long dismissive or at least ignorant of A.S.L. and its bountiful possibilities for creative expression, the video piqued curiosity. New York Times, "American Sign Language Finds Its Spotlight," 25 Mar. 2021 More work also needs to be done in balancing the objectivity required for a fair investigation with what many complainants feel are dismissive or sexist attitudes expressed by investigators. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "It’s Time to Lift the Female Lockdown," 18 Mar. 2021 Historian David Olusoga wrote that young Britons and people of color largely side with Meghan, while the older generation — which is more likely to read the tabloids — tends to be more hostile or even dismissive of her allegations. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "British press still wringing hands over royal kerfuffle," 14 Mar. 2021 Junior Jaren Hall, who’s in the middle of arguably the biggest position battle among the team, said those dismissive opinions just help motivate the team further. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "BYU opens spring football practice. The key question: How do you top a 11-1 season?," 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of dismissive

1645, in the meaning defined above

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19 Apr 2021

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“Dismissive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismissive. Accessed 20 Apr. 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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