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[im-pahr-shuh l] /ɪmˈpɑr ʃəl/
not partial or biased; fair; just:
an impartial judge.
Origin of impartial
First recorded in 1585-95; im-2 + partial
Related forms
[im-pahr-shee-al-i-tee] /ɪmˌpɑr ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
impartialness, noun
impartially, adverb
pseudoimpartial, adjective
pseudoimpartially, adverb
quasi-impartial, adjective
quasi-impartially, adverb
unimpartial, adjective
unimpartially, adverb
unbiased, unprejudiced, equitable. See fair1 .
biased. Unabridged
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  • For the moment Lydia felt more imbued with the impartiality of the law than both of them.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • I have written of them with all the truth that was in me, and with an the impartiality of which I was capable.

  • This was fairness and impartiality in the eyes of the Chief Justice!

  • "It is quite true what you say," he said, with a certain pride in his own impartiality.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • Heaven forbid I should fetter my impartiality by entertaining an opinion.

    Romola George Eliot
  • I want to prove to you how much I desire to be just, and how far my impartiality goes.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • The Jew does dare it, and all he asks of his critics is fairness, impartiality, justice.

    Zionism and Anti-Semitism Max Simon Nordau
British Dictionary definitions for impartiality


not prejudiced towards or against any particular side or party; fair; unbiased
Derived Forms
impartiality, impartialness, noun
impartially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impartiality

1610s; see impartial + -ity.



formed in English 1590s from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + partial. First recorded in "Richard II."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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