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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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  • Even a few waterspouts could produce more serious impact than those dismissively reported here.
  • The nerve you have to write so dismissively while taxpayers are actually being looted without consent.
  • The latter is not to be treated at all dismissively.
  • He viewed his father's career in aviation dismissively, as a less manly pursuit than foot-soldiering.
  • Excessive, some said dismissively of the order, blessed as they were with the gift of hindsight.
Word Origin and History for dismissively



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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