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  1. not partial or biased; fair; just: an impartial judge.
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Origin of impartial

First recorded in 1585–95; im-2 + partial
Related formsim·par·ti·al·i·ty [im-pahr-shee-al-i-tee] /ɪmˌpɑr ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/, im·par·tial·ness, nounim·par·tial·ly, adverbpseu·do·im·par·tial, adjectivepseu·do·im·par·tial·ly, adverbqua·si-im·par·tial, adjectivequa·si-im·par·tial·ly, adverbun·im·par·tial, adjectiveun·im·par·tial·ly, adverb


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  • In fact, Claudio's temper here is as detached and impartial as Benedick's.

  • Her impartial and dutiful reasonings on her difficult situation.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • It concerns not me to know them: but the world, even the impartial part of it, accuses him.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The moment Charley's logical faculty was excited his perception was impartial.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • This is not always, the result of impartial and discriminating judgment.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare

    Alexander Scott Withers

British Dictionary definitions for impartial


  1. not prejudiced towards or against any particular side or party; fair; unbiased
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Derived Formsimpartiality or impartialness, nounimpartially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impartial


formed in English 1590s from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + partial. First recorded in "Richard II."

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