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

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 questionnaires will be mailed by April 15 and must be returned by May 13, beginning a review process that attorneys will study closely in an effort to eventually select an impartial jury for the trial, which is scheduled to start Oct. 3. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2022 Darow also ordered both sides to begin drafting a survey to mail to prospective jurors in Waukesha County to gauge whether an impartial jury can be selected in the county. NBC News, 11 Mar. 2022 The Sixth Amendment nonetheless guaranteed him a fair trial before an impartial jury. Arkansas Online, 5 Mar. 2022 The Sixth Amendment nonetheless guaranteed him a fair trial before an impartial jury. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Mar. 2022 The Sixth Amendment nonetheless guaranteed him a fair trial before an impartial jury. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 4 Mar. 2022 The Sixth Amendment nonetheless guaranteed him a fair trial before an impartial jury. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 4 Mar. 2022 The Sixth Amendment nonetheless guaranteed him a fair trial before an impartial jury. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2022 The Sixth Amendment nonetheless guaranteed him a fair trial before an impartial jury. Kyler Alvord, PEOPLE.com, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for impartial

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 impartial (audio) \ noun
impartially adverb

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