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[ im-pur-suh-nl ]


  1. not personal; without reference or connection to a particular person:

    an impersonal remark.

  2. having no personality; devoid of human character or traits:

    an impersonal deity.

  3. lacking human emotion or warmth:

    an impersonal manner.

  4. Grammar.
    1. (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.
    2. (of a pronoun or pronominal reference) indefinite, as French on “one.”


  1. Grammar. an impersonal verb or pronoun.


/ ɪmˈpɜːsənəl /


  1. without reference to any individual person; objective

    an impersonal assessment

  2. devoid of human warmth or sympathy; cold

    an impersonal manner

  3. not having human characteristics

    an impersonal God

  4. grammar (of a verb) having no logical subject. Usually in English the pronoun it is used in such cases as a grammatical subject, as for example in It is raining
  5. grammar (of a pronoun) not denoting a person

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Derived Forms

  • imˈpersonally, adverb
  • imˌpersonˈality, noun

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Other Words From

  • im·person·al·ly adverb
  • super·im·person·al adjective
  • super·im·person·al·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of impersonal1

From the Late Latin word impersōnālis, dating back to 1510–20. See im- 2, personal

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Example Sentences

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.

From 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.

Webb spent time immersing herself in the local culture to go beyond “that impersonal language of an Army war report.”

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.

In France these reports would have been impersonal messages arriving from afar.

As it is an impersonal, artificial thing, a corporation cannot possibly commit a wrong or tort like a natural person.

He noticed them vacantly and took a curious impersonal interest in the two dim figures standing close together outside the window.

I defy you to see or think of them and not smile with an infinite and intimate but quite impersonal pleasure.


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