- without emotion; apathetic; unmoved.
- calm; serene.
- unconscious; insensible.
- not subject to suffering.
Origin of impassive
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Related Wordscalmly, bravely, quietly, meekly, dispassionately, enduringly, impassively, imperturbably, resignedly, submissively, tolerantly
Examples from the Web for impassively
Some of these attacks have been videotaped in a manner that suggests Israeli forces on the scene stood by impassively.Where Settler Terrorism Comes From
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They both stood charged as adults and faced the judge as impassively as if it were all just what was to be expected.Chicago Gang Shootings Spike as the City Tries to Cope
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The beady eyes vanished and reappeared, and they considered me impassively.The Strolling Saint
"The debt has been paid, Citoyenne," said Caron impassively.The Trampling of the Lilies
"You couldn't go through with it," observed the big Martian impassively.The Space Rover
Edwin K. Sloat
"Wish you'd tell my chief that," answers the man, impassively.A War-Time Wooing
The archers waved their caps and cheered, but the crowd looked on impassively.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
- not revealing or affected by emotion; reserved
- calm; serene; imperturbable
- rare unconscious or insensible
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Word Origin and History for impassively
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