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[dis-pash-uh-nit] /dɪsˈpæʃ ə nɪt/
free from or unaffected by passion; devoid of personal feeling or bias; impartial; calm:
a dispassionate critic.
Origin of dispassionate
1585-95; dis-1 + passionate
Related forms
dispassionately, adverb
dispassionateness, noun
undispassionate, adjective
undispassionately, adverb
cool, unemotional, uninvolved; fair, just. Unabridged
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  • In a moment, however, he was calm, dispassionate and lifeless as I had always found him since the estrangement began.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • “I shall never forgive you, Nina,” said Almayer, in a dispassionate voice.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • Do we expect the judge upon the bench to do justice, dispassionate, unswerving, on his own child—his own wife—in the dock?

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The life is their own life; the record is that of a dispassionate observer.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • Mrs. Francis Ogilvie bore the character of being a cold and dispassionate woman.

    Peter and Jane S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
British Dictionary definitions for dispassionate


devoid of or uninfluenced by emotion or prejudice; objective; impartial
Derived Forms
dispassionately, adverb
dispassionateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dispassionate

1590s, from dis- "the opposite of" (see dis-) + passionate. Related: Dispassionately.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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