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 unsentimentality (audio) , -​mən-​ \ noun
unsentimentally adverb

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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 Probing yet unsentimental in its clear-eyed compassion, this is a fragmented portrait of an ordinary life, distinguished by writing that plumbs emotional depths without ever surrendering its exquisite restraint. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mary Page Marlowe': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 Though the premise seems hackneyed — an estranged father and son go on a road trip to spend time together because the former is mortally ill — the writing is unsentimental and Ed Harris, as the father, is extraordinary. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Capsule movie reviews for week of April 29," 26 Apr. 2018 The very concept of favoritism is mainly derived from odds and betting, and the bookmakers, those unsentimental seekers of profit, have Spain at the top of their markets. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "With champion Germany out, who's the World Cup 'favorite' now?," 27 June 2018 Cody and Reitman have helped each other evolve over the years, and this funny, charming, unsentimental view of parenthood, of partnership, of the unspectacular miracle of kindness, is their best work yet. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)," 19 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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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