- (of a verb) having only third person singular forms and rarely if ever accompanied by an expressed subject, as Latin pluit “it is raining,” or regularly accompanied by an empty subject word, as English to rain in It is raining.
- (of a pronoun or pronominal reference) indefinite, as French on “one.”
Origin of impersonal
OTHER WORDS FROM impersonalim·per·son·al·ly, adverbsu·per·im·per·son·al, adjectivesu·per·im·per·son·al·ly, adverb
Words nearby impersonal
How to use impersonal in a sentence
Many quickly crowded around to admire the first images of the newborn, who knew her father through a cold and impersonal screen.
I could not write an impersonal, distant story, as dictated by academic rules because as a journalist I was also part of the situation and I was suffering it firsthand.
There’s no good time for your restaurant’s oven to explode, but certainly half a year into a global pandemic that made operating a restaurant unprofitable, impersonal, and joyless has to be one of the worst times possible.How an SF Restaurant Can Turn a Profit — Even With 40 Percent Labor Costs|Corey Mintz|July 13, 2021|Eater
Corriveau said many of the county’s seniors are wary about the vaccines’ safety and have been unwilling to get the shots at large, impersonal sites.Counties at Highest Risk for COVID Harm Often Have Lowest Vaccination Rates|by Ryan Gabrielson|April 30, 2021|ProPublica
Webb spent time immersing herself in the local culture to go beyond “that impersonal language of an Army war report.”Three female journalists who braved the chaos of Vietnam|Jacqueline Winspear|March 12, 2021|Washington Post
I think that history is certainly made by some impersonal forces, on occasion.
In other words, markets were impersonal, but that was good, because sometimes personal ties were cruel and oppressive.
But over the 20th century, they evolved into something more mechanical and impersonal.
Many found this to echo a Stepford Wife mentality of women: Women like stories and language, not impersonal, cold, manly numbers!
Staff members can be rough and impersonal at times, particularly in high-stress areas like emergency rooms.
Doubt, suspicion, anger clouded vision; pain routed the impersonal conception.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
In France these reports would have been impersonal messages arriving from afar.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
As it is an impersonal, artificial thing, a corporation cannot possibly commit a wrong or tort like a natural person.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
He noticed them vacantly and took a curious impersonal interest in the two dim figures standing close together outside the window.Winston of the Prairie|Harold Bindloss
I defy you to see or think of them and not smile with an infinite and intimate but quite impersonal pleasure.The Pocket R.L.S.|Robert Louis Stevenson