dis·​mis·​sive | \ dis-ˈmi-siv How to pronounce dismissive (audio) \

Definition of dismissive

: serving to dismiss or reject someone or something : having or showing a disdainful attitude toward someone or something regarded as unworthy of serious attention He responded to the question with a dismissive wave. In the past, Westerberg had been dismissive of Bob's playing, but he says relistening to the early records gave him a new perspective.— Bob Weir

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Other Words from dismissive

dismissively adverb
Writer Tom Fontana's violent, realistic drama debuted five years ago and uninitiated viewers still dismissively call it "that prison show on HBO." — Ian Rothkerch These are not people who speak dismissively of the brain's capabilities. — Brad Leithauser
dismissiveness noun
The work of feminist scholars, both individually and collectively, has been greeted in some quarters with impatience, irritation, dismissiveness, even contempt. — Cullen Murphy

Examples of dismissive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or had that dismissive OK Boomer meme stamped an entire generation relic, to be banished to rocking chairs? Next Avenue, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Asked about the possibility of facing Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2024, Trump was hugely dismissive. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 4 Oct. 2021 The ride operator was initially dismissive when the passenger brought it to their attention before properly buckling the person to their seat, the report states. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 One tone-deaf moment in a three-page article is slight, almost too slight to mention, but the misleading quotation certainly makes Virginia Woolf sound dismissive and obtuse. Catherine Nicholson, The New York Review of Books, 23 Sep. 2021 Attorney General Bill Barr was broadly dismissive of Trump's wild claims about election fraud -- and openly disdainful of Powell. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 21 Sep. 2021 What had whipped these imperious creative artists into a frenzy of dismissive vituperation was, in fact, something that most people have strong ideas about, nobody can define, and virtually everyone (besides that trio) seems to want: good taste. Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, 20 Sep. 2021 But the authors were largely dismissive of the Israeli data and other studies that some health officials have said make the case for imminent extra shots. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 14 Sep. 2021 Lisa says that what Jen did to Meredith (perpetuated homophobic stuff about her child) is not that different from what Heather & Whitney did to Lisa (perpetuated lies about her character being generally dismissive). Olivia Crandall, Vulture, 12 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of dismissive

1645, in the meaning defined above

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“Dismissive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismissive. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dismissive

: refusing to think about or consider something or someone
: showing that you do not think something or someone is worth thinking about or considering

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