Definition of impersonal
- impersonal criticism
- the machine as compared with the hand tool is an impersonal agency
- —John Dewey
We discussed the weather and other impersonal topics.
He maintained an impersonal, professional attitude.
“Rained” in “it rained” is an impersonal verb.
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: having or showing no interest in individual people or their feelings : lacking emotional warmth
: not relating to or influenced by personal feelings
grammar : having no specified subject or no subject other than “it”
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