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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Other Words from unsentimental

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

Examples of unsentimental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes there are unsentimental deals that send a favorite away, leaving the home fans cold. BostonGlobe.com, "Bruins’ trade for Taylor Hall may take its place among great deadline deals in Boston history," 12 May 2021 Like Lewis’s other pandemic heroes, Dean is a stubbornly empirical, unsentimental bureaucratic outsider, and a woman of swift and decisive action. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, "The Pandemic Planners Were Ready. No One Listened.," 11 May 2021 Silver, an urban planner by trade and the first African American head of the American Planning Association, was unsentimental about the trees and the park. Keith Gessen, Curbed, "New York’s first climate adaptation battle is here.," 10 May 2021 For an actor so intense, so rigorously unsentimental, this is his Lear. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘The Father’ illuminates the tragedy of dementia," 12 Mar. 2021 Only this kind of practical, unsentimental love for one another makes the democratic, decentralized politics that Tocqueville described possible. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "America’s Unwritten, Unraveling Constitution," 1 May 2021 Biden pulled the plug in an unsentimental, sober address, with the only passionate notes reserved for the U.S. military personnel who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq over the two decades, including his late son Beau. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Biden Finally Got to Say No to the Generals," 14 Apr. 2021 For an actor so intense, so rigorously unsentimental, this is his Lear. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘The Father’ illuminates the tragedy of dementia," 12 Mar. 2021 At his best, Hemingway achieved the alchemy of crafting sentences that were minimalist and unsentimental yet deeply expressive. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Many Paradoxes of Ernest Hemingway," 10 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of unsentimental

1752, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2021

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“Unsentimental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsentimental. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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