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impassive

[im-pas-iv] /ɪmˈpæs ɪv/
adjective
1.
without emotion; apathetic; unmoved.
2.
calm; serene.
3.
unconscious; insensible.
4.
not subject to suffering.
Origin of impassive
1660-1670
First recorded in 1660-70; im-2 + passive
Related forms
impassively, adverb
impassiveness, impassivity
[im-pa-siv-i-tee] /ˌɪm pæˈsɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. emotionless, phlegmatic, stoical, indifferent, undisturbed, unperturbed. 2. tranquil, unruffled, composed. 4. unaffected; unflinching.
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  • When the Inspector took thought to look at her, she was as impassive as before.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • "Come along," said the impassive Stoliker, taking the handcuffs from his pocket.

  • Outwardly he maintained consistently a pose of impassive gullibility.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • In the boat the man with the bailing can turned up an impassive countenance.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • I looked at the impassive face of the spokesman with the wand.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • He stood there bareheaded, impassive and quiet, listening to the great voice of the mass.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Mr. Bentham looked straight ahead with still, impassive face.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Behold, your friend the kaimkam is gloomy and impassive as a camel; what can you do?

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for impassive

impassive

/ɪmˈpæsɪv/
adjective
1.
not revealing or affected by emotion; reserved
2.
calm; serene; imperturbable
3.
(rare) unconscious or insensible
Derived Forms
impassively, adverb
impassiveness, impassivity (ˌɪmpæˈsɪvɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for impassive
adj.

1660s, "not feeling pain," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + passive. Meaning "void of emotions" is from 1690s. Related: Impassively; impassiveness (1640s).

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