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[bahy-stan-der] /ˈbaɪˌstæn dər/
a person present but not involved; chance spectator; onlooker.
Origin of bystander
1610-20; by- + stander
observer, viewer, passerby, witness; rubberneck, sidewalk superintendent. Unabridged
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  • The intense press coverage also led to serious investigation of the bystander effect by psychologists and sociologists.
  • Yet in this case, the space agency has chosen to be a bystander.
  • We don't have any bystander accounts of that moment, but the mechanically propelled vehicle probably caused quite a scene.
  • On the value of her life, on the possibility of saving it, science faded into a mute bystander.
  • Ten more people had been wounded, among them a fifteen-year-old bystander, who was shot in the head.
  • It needs to be demonstrated that this virus is a cause and not a bystander.
  • More importantly, the senators with the power to restrict the filibuster understand that today's majority is tomorrow's bystander.
  • But none of us is a bystander when it comes to health care.
  • We have gone from a bystander to a leader in the fight against climate change.
  • Even if it hits a wall or is whacked by a bystander, the thing hardly pauses.
British Dictionary definitions for bystander


a person present but not involved; onlooker; spectator
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Word Origin and History for bystander

1610s, from by + agent noun from stand (v.). They have been innocent at least since 1829.

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