impartial

adjective
im·​par·​tial | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpär-shəl How to pronounce impartial (audio) \

Definition of impartial

: not partial or biased : treating or affecting all equally

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Other Words from impartial

impartiality \ (ˌ)im-​ˌpär-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce impartiality (audio) , -​ˌpär-​ˈsha-​ \ noun
impartially \ (ˌ)im-​ˈpär-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce impartially (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for 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 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.

Examples of impartial in a Sentence

an impartial analysis of the case an impartial evaluation of the job applicant's qualifications that does not consider age, gender, or race
Recent Examples on the Web Defense attorneys have asked for a change of venue citing concerns about security and the ability to seat an impartial jury. Holly Bailey, Washington Post, "Judge in George Floyd case allows evidence of prior arrest, an incident that ended without violence," 16 Oct. 2020 Injustice in the courtroom is best addressed by having a judge who is truly fair and impartial. Ben Leonard, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "In race for Carroll County Circuit Court judge, Morton and Titus differ on criminal justice reform, addiction," 16 Oct. 2020 But the court ordered a San Mateo County judge to examine the conduct of one of Peterson’s jurors and decide whether he was denied the right to trial by an impartial jury. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "California Supreme Court says Scott Peterson’s murder convictions must be re-examined," 15 Oct. 2020 The Philippine military chief also called on Facebook Inc. to be impartial, seconding President Rodrigo Duterte who last month criticized the social media platform for taking down accounts linked to the armed forces and the police. Cecilia Yap, Bloomberg.com, "South China Sea Remains Volatile, Philippine Military Chief Says," 13 Oct. 2020 Trials held were rife with injustices, as defendants were frequently denied legal counsel, a fair and public hearing, an independent and impartial tribunal, or the right to a meaningful appeal. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Rouhani Is No Moderate," 6 Sep. 2020 Midshipman 1st Class Chase Standage, 21, says in the lawsuit that the academy is violating his constitutional rights of free speech and a fair and impartial hearing, the Capital Gazette reported Thursday. Fox News, "Naval Academy midshipman sues over Breonna Taylor tweet discipline," 2 Oct. 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 So that's a part of the process that would help make people feel like the process was more impartial on judging what content should be on the service and what’s not. Steven Levy, Wired, "Facebook Finally Slowed Down—When We Needed It to Move Fast," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of impartial

1587, in the meaning defined above

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“Impartial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impartial. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for impartial

impartial

adjective
How to pronounce impartial (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of impartial

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

impartial

adjective
im·​par·​tial | \ im-ˈpär-shəl How to pronounce impartial (audio) \

Kids Definition of impartial

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

Other Words from impartial

impartially adverb

impartial

adjective
im·​par·​tial | \ im-ˈpär-shəl How to pronounce impartial (audio) \

Legal Definition of impartial

: not partial or biased : treating or affecting all equally

Other Words from impartial

impartiality \ im-​ˌpär-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce impartiality (audio) \ noun
impartially adverb

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