impartial

adjective
im·par·tial | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpär-shəl \

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, -ˌpär-ˈsha- \ noun
impartially \(ˌ)im-ˈpär-sh(ə-)lē \ 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

Although the founders of Twitter and all such services claim to administer their platforms as impartial observers, this was never really true. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Immigration Fight Shows Silicon Valley Must Stop Feigning Neutrality," 8 July 2018 To believe that any of today’s generation of politicians is likely to uphold such impartial standards is naïve to the point of absurdity. Kevin Baker, New Republic, "There are no good old days to return to in U.S. politics. The truth about a post-Trump era.," 15 Feb. 2018 Supposedly impartial, neutral third parties, making unbiased decisions about matters both grave and frivolous. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Crime / Criminal Justice That time a Cook County judge ruled on the case of a man he himself put in prison when he was still a prosecutor," 25 May 2018 These lawyers are impartial and will try to value the property at some compromise between what MDOT wants and what DFM wants. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Quakers argue in court with MDOT for fair price of building seized by state," 8 June 2018 Procedural justice refers to the idea that a process — for example, a traffic stop — is fair and impartial. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'A pivotal moment': What the Sterling Brown arrest means for the Milwaukee Police Department," 25 May 2018 As of Friday evening, the court had identified 31 potential jurors from its pool of 160 who will undergo additional vetting next week as attorneys for both sides work to find an impartial jury. Kelsey Landis, kansascity, "Greitens’ attorneys try to stop forensic search of the governor’s cellphone | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 Department of Justice employees are entrusted with the authority to enforce the laws of the United States and with the responsibility to do so in a neutral and impartial manner. Alana Abramson, Time, "Here's How the 2018 Midterm Elections Could Affect Robert Mueller's Investigation," 7 May 2018 And of all the important principles the decision stands for — beyond precipitating the fall of a sitting president — one that rises to the top is the American public’s interest in the fair and impartial administration of justice. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "The Supreme Court Will Make Trump Talk to Mueller If It Has To," 3 May 2018

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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 \

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 \

Legal Definition of impartial 

: not partial or biased : treating or affecting all equally

Other words from impartial

impartiality \im-ˌpär-shē-ˈa-lə-tē \ noun
impartially adverb

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