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Origin of dispassionate

First recorded in 1585–95; dis-1 + passionate
Related formsdis·pas·sion·ate·ly, adverbdis·pas·sion·ate·ness, nounun·dis·pas·sion·ate, adjectiveun·dis·pas·sion·ate·ly, adverb

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  1. devoid of or uninfluenced by emotion or prejudice; objective; impartial
Derived Formsdispassionately, adverbdispassionateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dispassionate

1590s, from dis- "the opposite of" (see dis-) + passionate. Related: Dispassionately.

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