impassive

adjective im·pas·sive \ (ˌ)im-ˈpa-siv \

Definition of impassive

1 a archaic :unsusceptible to pain
b :unsusceptible to physical feeling :insensible
c :unsusceptible to or destitute of emotion :apathetic
2 :giving no sign of feeling or emotion :expressionless

impassively

adverb

impassiveness

noun

impassivity

play \ˌim-ˌpa-ˈsi-və-tē\ noun

Examples of impassive in a Sentence

  1. Her face remained impassive throughout the trial.

  2. she remained impassive as the officers informed her of her son's death

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First Known Use of impassive

1605

Synonym Discussion of impassive

impassive, stoic, phlegmatic, apathetic, stolid mean unresponsive to something that might normally excite interest or emotion. impassive stresses the absence of any external sign of emotion in action or facial expression.
    • met the news with an impassive look
stoic implies an apparent indifference to pleasure or especially to pain often as a matter of principle or self-discipline.
    • was resolutely stoic even in adversity
phlegmatic implies a temperament or constitution hard to arouse.
    • a phlegmatic man unmoved by tears
apathetic may imply a puzzling or deplorable indifference or inertness.
    • charitable appeals met an apathetic response
stolid implies a habitual absence of interest, responsiveness, or curiosity.
    • stolid workers wedded to routine

IMPASSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

impassive

adjective

Definition of impassive for English Language Learners

  • : not showing emotion


IMPASSIVE Defined for Kids

impassive

adjective im·pas·sive \ im-ˈpa-siv \

Definition of impassive for Students

:not feeling or showing emotion
  • an impassive face

impassively

adverb


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