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  1. indicating dismissal or rejection; having the purpose or effect of dismissing, as from one's presence or from consideration: a curt, dismissive gesture.
  2. indicating lack of interest or approbation; scornful; disdainful.
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Origin of dismissive

First recorded in 1635–45; dismiss + -ive
Related formsdis·mis·sive·ly, adverb
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Related Words for dismissive

cocky, dismissive, domineering, bloated, boastful, cavalier, conceited, contemptuous, cool, disdainful, egotistic, haughty, high-handed, huffy, imperious, insolent, lofty, narcissistic, ostentatious, overbearing

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Historical Examples of dismissive

  • Edna bent her head with a dismissive nod, and continued her frivolous conversation with the Count.

    Mark Gildersleeve

    John S. Sauzade

Word Origin and History for dismissive


1640s, "characterized by or appropriate to dismissal;" from dismiss + -ive. Meaning "contemptuous, rejecting" is recorded by 1922. Related: Dismissively.

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