impartial

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adjective im·par·tial \ (ˌ)im-ˈpär-shəl \
Updated on: 9 Aug 2017

Definition of impartial

:not partial or biased :treating or affecting all equally

impartiality

play \(ˌ)im-ˌpär-shē-ˈa-lə-tē, -ˌpär-ˈsha-\ noun

impartially

play \(ˌ)im-ˈpär-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of impartial in a Sentence

  1. an impartial analysis of the case

  2. an impartial evaluation of the job applicant's qualifications that does not consider age, gender, or race

Recent Examples of impartial from the Web

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impartial vs Partial

To be "partial to" or "partial toward" someone or something is to be somewhat biased or prejudiced, which means that a person who is partial really only sees part of the whole picture. To be impartial is the opposite. The United Nations sends impartial observers to monitor elections in troubled countries. We hope judges and juries will be impartial when they hand down verdicts. But grandparents aren't expected to be impartial when describing their new grandchild.

First Known Use of impartial

1587

Synonym Discussion of impartial

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

IMPARTIAL Defined for English Language Learners

impartial

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adjective

Definition of impartial for English Language Learners

  • : treating all people and groups equally : not partial or biased


IMPARTIAL Defined for Kids

impartial

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adjective im·par·tial \ im-ˈpär-shəl \

Definition of impartial for Students

:not favoring one side over another :fair
  • an impartial referee

impartially

adverb

Law Dictionary

impartial

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adjective im·par·tial \ im-ˈpär-shəl \

legal Definition of impartial

:not partial or biased :treating or affecting all equally

impartiality

play \im-ˌpär-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun

impartially

adverb


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