[ im-pas-iv ]
See synonyms for: impassiveimpassivelyimpassivenessimpassivity on

  1. without emotion; apathetic; unmoved.

  2. calm; serene.

  1. unconscious; insensible.

  2. not subject to suffering.

Origin of impassive

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

Other words for impassive

Other words from impassive

  • im·pas·sive·ly, adverb
  • im·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. 2023

How to use impassive in a sentence

  • The latter said impassively: "If I cared for her I should very likely kill her—if not—" he shrugged his shoulders.

  • Within, the editor worked on as steadily and impassively as Fate.

  • But she had moved slightly away from him and was now regarding him impassively.

    The Secret Witness | George Gibbs
  • One of them swung impassively toward the battery; there were three quick stabs of living flame, and the guns ceased firing.

    The Onslaught from Rigel | Fletcher Pratt

British Dictionary definitions for impassive


/ (ɪmˈpæsɪv) /

  1. not revealing or affected by emotion; reserved

  2. calm; serene; imperturbable

  1. rare unconscious or insensible

Derived forms of impassive

  • impassively, adverb
  • impassiveness or impassivity (ˌɪmpæˈsɪvɪtɪ), noun

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