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.

1635–45; dismiss + -ive

dismissively, adverb
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dismiss (dɪsˈmɪs)
1.  to remove or discharge from employment or service
2.  to send away or allow to go or disperse
3.  to dispel from one's mind; discard; reject
4.  to cease to consider (a subject): they dismissed the problem
5.  to decline further hearing to (a claim or action): the judge dismissed the case
6.  cricket to bowl out (a side) for a particular number of runs
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7.  military an order to end an activity or give permission to disperse
[C15: from Medieval Latin dismissus sent away, variant of Latin dīmissus, from dīmittere, from dī-dis-1 + mittere to send]

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Word Origin & History

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