dis·​pas·​sion·​ate | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈpa-sh(ə-)nət How to pronounce dispassionate (audio) \

Definition of dispassionate

: not influenced by strong feeling especially : not affected by personal or emotional involvement a dispassionate critic a dispassionate approach to an issue

Other Words from dispassionate

dispassionately adverb
dispassionateness noun

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fair, just, equitable, impartial, unbiased, dispassionate, objective mean free from favor toward either or any side. fair implies a proper balance of conflicting interests. a fair decision just implies an exact following of a standard of what is right and proper. a just settlement of territorial claims equitable implies a less rigorous standard than just and usually suggests equal treatment of all concerned. the equitable distribution of the property impartial stresses an absence of favor or prejudice. an impartial third party unbiased implies even more strongly an absence of all prejudice. your unbiased opinion dispassionate suggests freedom from the influence of strong feeling and often implies cool or even cold judgment. a dispassionate summation of the facts objective stresses a tendency to view events or persons as apart from oneself and one's own interest or feelings. I can't be objective about my own child

Examples of dispassionate in a Sentence

Journalists aim to be dispassionate observers. He spoke in a dispassionate tone about the accident.
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First Known Use of dispassionate

1594, in the meaning defined above

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“Dispassionate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispassionate. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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dis·​pas·​sion·​ate | \ dis-ˈpa-shə-nət How to pronounce dispassionate (audio) \

Kids Definition of dispassionate

: not influenced by strong feeling or personal involvement : calm, impartial a dispassionate judgment

Other Words from dispassionate

dispassionately adverb

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