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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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  • He was as gay as the youngest, danced splendidly, went everywhere, and took all the Glenboro girls about impartially.

  • impartially holding up first one, then the other, for punishment!

    Peking Dust Ellen N. La Motte
  • Just so must you hate and love another; love them and hate them impartially as you must do yourselves.

  • Thereafter, I may say, that he called me impartially either "Colonel" or "Bill."

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Obedience, ever of vital importance in the training of the forest folk, was impartially exacted by the mother from her offspring.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • The girl, who was unknown to them both, addressed them impartially.

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • They want a man of energy and determination who will cause the law to be respected and impartially administered.

    The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville
  • Only establish a right standard, and then apply it impartially.

  • There were other moments of supreme joy when they were blown to their feet and backs were impartially pounded.

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for impartially


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 impartially



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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