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 In his interviews, Harris adopts a drowsy monotone that seems pitched to signal his commitment to the dispassionate promotion of disputatious ideas. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Good and bad, his pictures combine dispassionate mathematical basic skills and a workaday, rote approach with sensationalist Baroque optical pow. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 21 Aug. 2021 The cool, dispassionate narrator of this novel, set just before the Brexit referendum, has recently moved to The Hague, and works as a translator for a former West African President on trial for war crimes. The New Yorker, 26 July 2021 And this film does that in a reasonably smart and dispassionate way. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 Strudwick is not a dispassionate observer, of course. New York Times, 10 June 2021 After the Biden administration released its formal trade agenda to Congress, its most glaring message was absent — that the United States will use dispassionate reason to restore business and economic relations with China. Ken Silverstein, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 To judge by social media, which is gleefully free of dispassionate analysis, it’s the Dr. Oz residency that has really driven the viewership out on the ledge. John Anderson, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2021 More than one person suggested that among the norms upended (or at least seriously shaken up) was dispassionate scholarly objectivity itself. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2021

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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 21 Sep. 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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