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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Our policy-makers are sorely in need of — and would surely benefit from — a thorough and dispassionate study of the history and current state of the program. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of December 14," 18 Dec. 2020 In depicting these situations, Krauss is notably dispassionate, reticent to moralize about the men who force women into positions of submission. Timothy Aubry, The New Republic, "Nicole Krauss’s Difficult Men," 17 Dec. 2020 Perhaps this should come as little surprise from Greengrass, a British filmmaker who specializes in urgent dispatches from the here and now, and who has often subjected the myth of American exceptionalism to critical, dispassionate scrutiny. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘News of the World,’ Paul Greengrass’ odd-couple western, is an admirable but bumpy ride," 11 Dec. 2020 All of this is broached, though often in language that is both maddeningly dispassionate and morally obtuse. Washington Post, "The Army’s new museum is what we need at this moment of constitutional peril," 12 Nov. 2020 The cinematography by Tobias Höiem-Flyckt and Johan Lundborg is calm and dispassionate as the insane occurs, then proves capable of arresting images. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Koko-di Koko-da’ goes beyond horror to a family’s personal hell," 5 Nov. 2020 Flood and Thomas are not dispassionate observers in this debate. Nathan Whitlock, The New York Review of Books, "Where Health Care Is a Human Right," 3 Nov. 2020 This is a subject that could easily be tainted by bias and polemic, but Ms. Searcy remains dispassionate, impartial and ebullient. Joel Lobenthal, WSJ, "‘Ballet in the Cold War’ Review: Diplomacy in Dance," 2 Oct. 2020 In a talk at Hillsdale College in Michigan in May 2019, Amy Coney Barrett emphasized the courage a judge must have in setting aside personal opinions and making rulings that are dispassionate. South Bend Tribune Report, The Indianapolis Star, "What a Hoosier front-runner for U.S. Supreme Court said about politics in courts," 19 Sep. 2020

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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 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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