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

Perez has argued that the party needs to stay impartial and not elevate specific issues above others. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Fight over climate debate brewing as Democratic candidates head to San Francisco," 21 Aug. 2019 The investigation used impartial animal welfare experts to look into 118 wildlife projects and businesses. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Celebrate World Elephant Day by not riding an elephant," 10 Aug. 2019 Cephus' lawyers questioned 24 potential jurors about personal biases and only one raised his hand when asked if an all-white jury can be impartial in a case involving a black defendant. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former UW Badger Quintez Cephus says he'll get through sexual assault trial 'as long as we tell the truth'," 29 July 2019 The rules are based on the rather reasonable idea that party insiders are probably not the most impartial people to draw fair electoral lines. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "Republicans challenge Michigan’s redistricting commission in court," 1 Aug. 2019 The victorious coalition’s manifesto included promises to create an impartial Election Commission, ensure equal media access to all parties and strengthen lax political financing laws. Sebastian Dettman, Washington Post, "The Malaysian election results were a surprise. Here are 4 things to know.," 15 May 2018 Does Mueller, a lifelong Republican, feel that affected their ability to be impartial in their work? Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Lawmakers have lots of questions for Mueller. Here are the most important ones," 23 July 2019 But, when all was said and done, they were tried by an impartial court and found not guilty. Declan Leary, National Review, "Conservatives Should Not Celebrate Religious Tyranny and Coercion," 19 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter In the first three trials, the Mississippi Supreme Court chastised Mr Evans for violating Mr Flowers’s right to an impartial jury and reversed the convictions. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "A prosecutor excluded black jurors from a murder trial," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of impartial

1587, in the meaning defined above

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impartial

adjective

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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