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 impartially

Contemporary Examples of impartially

  • She would, if nominated, decide cases “impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle, and in accordance with the law.”

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    June 28, 2010

Historical Examples of impartially

British Dictionary definitions for impartially



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 impartially



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

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