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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web But the actual evolution of hacking—with all its scams, criminal black markets, and state sponsored forces—has been characteristically human, not a sterile, dispassionate artifact of an unknown future. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The Worst Hacks of the Decade," 23 Dec. 2019 This week, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee trotted out a trio of dispassionate legal experts to explain why the impeachment of Donald Trump was justified. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Presidential Misconduct: Some Historical Perspective," 5 Dec. 2019 Astrid responds with a litany of dispassionate facts. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "The Norwegian Novel That Divided a Family and Captivated a Country," 30 Sep. 2019 Even better, it should be trashed and an entirely new, less contentious and more dispassionate curriculum written that’s simpler to comprehend. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Require ethnic studies for California students. But first, rewrite the curriculum," 29 Aug. 2019 But each scene functions as a building block in the tale Gray is telling about Roy, whose dispassionate professionalism saves his life on many occasions, but who might not have enough empathy for the world around him. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ad Astra Is a Deeply Human Tale Set Amid the Stars," 18 Sep. 2019 We are subjected to the dispassionate will of power structures beyond our control. Nate Hochman, National Review, "The Limits of Intersectionality," 10 July 2019 Her book was one of the first works on comparative religions written by an American, and remarkable for its dispassionate consideration of non-Christian religions, including Islam. Time Staff, Time, "15 Unsung Moments From American History That Historians Say You Should Know About," 28 June 2019 The coroner’s reports, filled with clinical language and dispassionate narratives, are ghostly sketches of social disorder, poverty, violence, addiction and isolation. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: He died Sunday on a West L.A. sidewalk. He was homeless. He is part of an epidemic," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dispassionate

1594, in the meaning defined above

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“Dispassionate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispassionate. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dispassionate

: not influenced or affected by emotions


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

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dispassionately adverb

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