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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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  • "Thou liest, son of a dog," was the answer, dispassionately delivered.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He had talked of it with her, and he knew how dispassionately she awaited Florimond's return.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • If you will not hear my reasons calmly and dispassionately, to what end am I here?

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • "Women are the cause of a lot of trouble," he said, dispassionately.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • "David'll be fearfully disappointed," remarked Judith dispassionately.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
  • dispassionately he reviewed his decision and reaffirmed it; it was now the time for action.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • And now let us dispassionately, if possible, regard the evidence.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
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.

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