without emotion; apathetic; unmoved.
calm; serene.
unconscious; insensible.
not subject to suffering.

Nearby words

  1. impassible,
  2. impassion,
  3. impassionate,
  4. impassionately,
  5. impassioned,
  6. impassivity,
  7. impaste,
  8. impasto,
  9. impatent,
  10. impatience

Origin of impassive

First recorded in 1660–70; im-2 + passive

Related formsim·pas·sive·ly, adverbim·pas·sive·ness, im·pas·siv·i·ty [im-pa-siv-i-tee] /ˌɪm pæˈsɪv ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for impassive



not revealing or affected by emotion; reserved
calm; serene; imperturbable
rare unconscious or insensible
Derived Formsimpassively, adverbimpassiveness or impassivity (ˌɪmpæˈsɪvɪtɪ), noun

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Word Origin and History for impassive



1660s, "not feeling pain," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + passive. Meaning "void of emotions" is from 1690s. Related: Impassively; impassiveness (1640s).

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