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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 Though tensions have grown between President Donald Trump and the E.U. during the pandemic, the Europeans said the list was based on dispassionate epidemiological science. NBC News, "E.U. closer to barring travelers from U.S., where coronavirus is surging," 26 June 2020 The Alaska Railroad Recorder is a dispassionate witness. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "In 1918, a deadly outbreak of influenza reached Anchorage. Here’s how Alaskans responded," 19 Apr. 2020 Yesterday, PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor, one of the many pundits masquerading as a dispassionate journalist, was chided by Trump during his presser. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Mike Lindell, Not Yamiche Alcindor, Is the Hero," 31 Mar. 2020 But he was known less as a dispassionate journalist than as a cantankerous, sometimes bombastic commentator and rabble-rouser, described by friends as a kind of P.T. Barnum for the issues of D.C. statehood and voting rights. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Mark Plotkin, D.C. political commentator and statehood champion, dies at 72," 23 Sep. 2019 There are no metaphors in the first paragraph of Michael Kohlhaas, no figures of speech—just the dispassionate accounting of existential suspense. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "Through Clenched Teeth," 30 Mar. 2020 Major League Baseball wants Smith, a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at WSU, to have that exact empirical and dispassionate outlook. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "MLB Could Build a Consistent Baseball. Here’s Why It Hasn’t.," 4 Mar. 2020 By now, any dispassionate reading of the Mueller report, the impeachment investigation, and the accumulating record of journalism can lead to but one conclusion: we have been warned. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "What Matters Most in the Battle Between Trump and Pelosi," 7 Feb. 2020 The Senate, designed and structured to be a more deliberative and dispassionate body than the House, would best resist these forces. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Senate Itself Is on Trial," 21 Jan. 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 11 Aug. 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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