un·​sen·​ti·​men·​tal | \ ˌən-ˌsen-tə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce unsentimental (audio) \

Definition of unsentimental

: not marked or governed by feeling, sensibility, or emotional idealism : not sentimental an unsentimental person unsentimental remarks

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unsentimentality \ ˌən-​ˌsen-​tə-​ˌmen-​ˈta-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unsentimentality (audio) , -​mən-​ \ noun
unsentimentally adverb

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Schwartz’s tough, unsentimental viewpoint is altogether fitting for a river whose banks remain contested ground lapped by waves of transformation that continue to change the view. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga 50 photo shows uncover fresh takes on the recovery of a once combustible river," 30 June 2019 But the strength of the book is in its unsentimental limning of the past, of dinner-table conversations, pillow talk, sisterly intrigues and alliances, of creaking floors and sheltering trees, of petty resentments and small rapprochements. Joanne Kaufman, WSJ, "“The Most Fun We Ever Had” Review: An Assured Debut," 21 June 2019 The title alone offers a view of life as starkly unsentimental as any memento mori. The New York Review of Books, "Deborah Solomon," 21 Feb. 2019 As a writer, Hemon is exact, unsentimental, cerebral. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Aleksandar Hemon’s Lost Eden," 6 June 2019 Gehry is unsentimental about doing away with the building. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 25 Feb. 2019 The writing is distinctly and profitably unsentimental. Helen Klein Ross, WSJ, "Five Best: Helen Klein Ross on Multigenerational Sagas," 1 Nov. 2018 But Mid90s is also more than that: rigorously unsentimental, hilarious in places, savage in others. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Jonah Hill Talks About His Powerful New Coming-Of-Age Film Mid90s, And Why He’s Glad We Don’t Stay 13 Forever," 17 Oct. 2018 Twice, serendipitous encounters in department stores steered him toward what would become his life’s work: immortalizing sharply observed moments through a nonjudgmental, unsentimental humanist lens. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Clemens Kalischer, 97, Refugee Photographer of Humanity, Dies," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of unsentimental

1752, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unsentimental

: based on, influenced by, or resulting from reason or thought rather than feelings or emotions : not sentimental

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