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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
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  • And if the men could always be sure of getting a fair and impartial hearing I do not believe there would be any strikes.

    The Pullman Boycott W. F. Burns
  • It concerns not me to know them: but the world, even the impartial part of it, accuses him.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • But the London County Council is not an impartial body in regard to public carriages.

    Scotland Yard George Dilnot
  • To be impartial might mean not to side absolutely with Weald in its enmity to blueskins.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • Even the forms of a just and impartial inquest had not been observed.

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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