[ dis-mis-iv ]
/ dɪsˈmɪs ɪv /


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

Nearby words

  1. dismember,
  2. dismemberment,
  3. dismiss,
  4. dismissal,
  5. dismission,
  6. dismissively,
  7. dismount,
  8. dismutase,
  9. disnature,
  10. disney

Origin of dismissive

First recorded in 1635–45; dismiss + -ive

Related formsdis·mis·sive·ly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for dismissively



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

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