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[im-pahr-shuh l] /ɪmˈpɑr ʃəl/
not partial or biased; fair; just:
an impartial judge.
Origin of impartial
1585-95; im-2 + partial
Related forms
[im-pahr-shee-al-i-tee] /ɪmˌpɑr ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
impartialness, noun
impartially, adverb
pseudoimpartial, adjective
pseudoimpartially, adverb
quasi-impartial, adjective
quasi-impartially, adverb
unimpartial, adjective
unimpartially, adverb
unbiased, unprejudiced, equitable. See fair1 .
biased. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for impartial
  • Was the judging fair and impartial- undoubtedly it probably was.
  • Unbiased and impartial will not do the work that disinterested used to be reserved for.
  • There ought to be a fair and impartial probe into this matter.
  • We will follow that up with a discussion among a panel of twelve randomly selected citizens and an impartial moderator.
  • Thank goodness this was a completely impartial non-political panel.
  • Once you step out of it and can view it with impartial eyes, you may see the big picture.
  • These academics aren't interested in impartial discussions.
  • Here you could deflect ironies toward an impartial audience.
  • It has been clean-cut and impartial, divorced from all attempts to make it serve the selfish interests of particular nations.
  • In cases where a conflict between partial and impartial commitments arises, the former should be jettisoned.
British Dictionary definitions for impartial


not prejudiced towards or against any particular side or party; fair; unbiased
Derived Forms
impartiality, impartialness, noun
impartially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for impartial

formed in English 1590s from assimilated form of in- (1) "not, opposite of" + partial. First recorded in "Richard II."

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