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[dis-mis-iv] /dɪsˈmɪs ɪv/
indicating dismissal or rejection; having the purpose or effect of dismissing, as from one's presence or from consideration:
a curt, dismissive gesture.
indicating lack of interest or approbation; scornful; disdainful.
Origin of dismissive
1635-45; dismiss + -ive
Related forms
dismissively, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for dismissive
  • These doctors may be arrogant or rude, highhanded or dismissive.
  • My purposefully dismissive declaration is meant to mark a two-fold resentment.
  • The company that bears his name is not so dismissive of the past.
  • But it can treat unfamiliar patrons in a dismissive fashion, and too much lackluster food comes out of the kitchen.
  • To be on the receiving end can feel dismissive and disempowering.
  • Warm and generous with his friends, he could be cruelly dismissive of his intellectual rivals.
  • In the aftermath of these feats he is becomingly casual, almost dismissive.
  • There are only a few people that are immediately and decisively dismissive.
  • Perhaps future intelligent life will be equally dismissive of any challenge to its geo-historical exceptionalism.
  • Sometimes he was even dismissive of literature in favor of his scientific pursuits.
Word Origin and History for dismissive

1640s, "characterized by or appropriate to dismissal;" from dismiss + -ive. Meaning "contemptuous, rejecting" is recorded by 1922. Related: Dismissively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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