- (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
Examples from the Web for impersonal
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.
On the model's face was her faint, impersonal professional smile that seemed to cover something like weariness or contempt.The Trimmed Lamp|O. Henry
After that she read to him, and their talk, if any, was impersonal.Love Stories|Mary Roberts Rinehart
I began to realize why such a proportionate few choose the cold and impersonal laboratory.Sense from Thought Divide|Mark Irvin Clifton
She would not see the man, but the impersonal thought that seems to use him.Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
Plainly in a world where creative power is impersonal the deepest meanings of penitence have no place.The Meaning of Faith|Harry Emerson Fosdick
British Dictionary definitions for impersonal
Word Origin and History for impersonal
mid-15c., a grammatical term, from Late Latin impersonalis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + personalis "personal" (see personal). Sense of "not connected with any person" is from 1620s; that of "not endowed with personality" is from 1842. Related: impersonally.