dis·​pas·​sion·​ate | \-sh(ə-)nət \

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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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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The people at this Mises Institute recently took a dispassionate look at the number of school shooting incident in the 1990s compared to today. Fox News, "New data reveals US faces legal immigration crisis," 22 May 2018 As general manager of the Seattle Mariners, Jerry Dipoto’s job description requires him to look at all things baseball in an objective, dispassionate way. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball’s Luckiest Team Doesn’t Think It’s Luck," 3 July 2018 Such theatrical devices are nothing new, and the multiple shifts and meetings between timelines could easily seem clichéd or contrived if not for the smooth, almost dispassionate way Fox handles them. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Director Jennifer Fox has turned the pain and confusion of childhood sexual abuse into ‘The Tale’," 25 May 2018 My dispassionate leanings were vindicated a couple of months later, when the U.S. hosted the World Cup. Leo Robson, The New Yorker, "How We Watch Soccer Now," 5 Dec. 2016 And although there may be some rationale to a dispassionate swat, what parents and caregivers didn't understand was what was happening to the child's brain, especially when the small spank turned into a beating or whipping. Meghan Leahy, chicagotribune.com, "I don't want to spank my sassy 4-year-old. What should I do instead?," 5 July 2018 Grow Faster’ While stopping short of the wholesale breakup some investors have called for, a separation of GE Healthcare makes good on Flannery’s pledge to take a dispassionate look at the portfolio. Rick Clough, Bloomberg.com, "GE CEO’s Make-or-Break Overhaul Took Shape on a Ski Vacation," 27 June 2018 President Trump took a dispassionate view of the deal and scraped it to gain one with real teeth to it. WSJ, "U.S. Allies Are Shortsighted on Iran’s Threat," 22 May 2018 Rather, his argument goes, his ban was a lawful, dispassionate exercise involving multiple agencies and administration officials acting in the best interests of the nation. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "The Supreme Court Continues to Chip Away at Protections for Minority Voters," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of dispassionate

1594, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of dispassionate

: not influenced or affected by emotions


dis·​pas·​sion·​ate | \dis-ˈpa-shə-nət \

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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