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[dis-pash-uh-nit] /dɪsˈpæʃ ə nɪt/
free from or unaffected by passion; devoid of personal feeling or bias; impartial; calm:
a dispassionate critic.
Origin of dispassionate
First recorded in 1585-95; dis-1 + passionate
Related forms
dispassionately, adverb
dispassionateness, noun
undispassionate, adjective
undispassionately, adverb
cool, unemotional, uninvolved; fair, just. Unabridged
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  • When I come to look back upon the circumstances calmly and dispassionately now, I'm not entirely surprised at its unhappy end.

    My First Book: Various
  • And now let us dispassionately, if possible, regard the evidence.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • He spoke in a low, even monotone, dispassionately, as though for him the incident no longer was of interest.

    The Red Cross Girl Richard Harding Davis
  • He shook his head emphatically, but his voice was as dispassionately brusque as ever.

    Simon J. Storer Clouston
  • "But not by buzzing will we crush the bear," Mr. Wickson went on coldly and dispassionately.

    The Iron Heel Jack London
  • He had talked of it with her, and he knew how dispassionately she awaited Florimond's return.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • "Well, I suppose that's the way some people might look at it," said Lyra dispassionately.

    Annie Kilburn William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for dispassionately


devoid of or uninfluenced by emotion or prejudice; objective; impartial
Derived Forms
dispassionately, adverb
dispassionateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dispassionately



1590s, from dis- "the opposite of" (see dis-) + passionate. Related: Dispassionately.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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