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

Definition of impartial

: not partial or biased : treating or affecting all equally

Other Words from impartial

impartiality \ (ˌ)im-​ˌpär-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce impartial (audio) , -​ˌpär-​ˈsha-​ \ noun
impartially \ (ˌ)im-​ˈpär-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce impartial (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 The letter states her affiliations won't impact her capacity to be impartial. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 15 Apr. 2022 The Sheriff’s response to the thorough and impartial findings of the State Auditor is the same as his past response to the decades-long recommendations made by independent experts, grand juries and the public: deny, deflect and attack. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2022 When investigators were finally allowed to come to the country in late February, they were not given appropriate access to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation, experts said. Author: Matt Viser, Yasmeen Abutaleb, Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2021 The new law further requires a state university to take disciplinary action against a student to notify the student of the action, provide reasons for it, and offer a fair and impartial appeal hearing. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2022 That system, a state appeals court says, violates the driver’s constitutional right to a fair and impartial hearing. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Apr. 2022 Baez argued to the jury that the police initially didn't carry out a fair and impartial investigation. Jean Casarez, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 The issue is whether the juror can continue to be fair and impartial, regardless of what may have been heard in media accounts. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 30 Mar. 2022 Jury selection alone is scheduled to last through May, given how challenging it is expected to be to find prospects who will be available for such a long trial and who will be impartial in a death penalty case that drew so much publicity. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of impartial

1587, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for impartial


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


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 impartial (audio) \ noun
impartially adverb

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