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

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

Synonyms for impartial

Antonyms for impartial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for impartiality

Contemporary Examples of impartiality

Historical Examples of impartiality

  • For the moment Lydia felt more imbued with the impartiality of the law than both of them.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • I have written of them with all the truth that was in me, and with an the impartiality of which I was capable.

  • This was fairness and impartiality in the eyes of the Chief Justice!

  • "It is quite true what you say," he said, with a certain pride in his own impartiality.


    E. F. Benson

  • Heaven forbid I should fetter my impartiality by entertaining an opinion.


    George Eliot

British Dictionary definitions for impartiality



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

1610s; see impartial + -ity.



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

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