dis·​pas·​sion·​ate (ˌ)dis-ˈpa-sh(ə-)nət How to pronounce dispassionate (audio)
: not influenced by strong feeling
especially : not affected by personal or emotional involvement
a dispassionate critic
a dispassionate approach to an issue
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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Word History

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dispassionate was in 1594

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“Dispassionate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispassionate. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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dis·​pas·​sion·​ate (ˈ)dis-ˈpash-(ə-)nət How to pronounce dispassionate (audio)
: not influenced by strong feeling : calm, impartial
a dispassionate judge
dispassionately adverb

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