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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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  • Everyone realizes that both scientists and journalists strive for impartiality.
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  • But such a prominent position calls for living a life of impartiality.
  • While impartiality is all but impossible, those who serve on these boards should not have a vested interest in either agenda.
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  • The first is a paragraph claiming fidelity to impartiality and the rule of law.
  • However, the advantage of mortality depends upon the impartiality of the application of its causes.
  • It might also do to remember there can be a useful distinction drawn between impartiality and objectivity.
  • But, whatever was the period of his choice, he treated it with the same knowledge and impartiality.
  • Burnet, at any rate, told us something of him by the way and set forth his views with impartiality.
British Dictionary definitions for impartiality


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 impartiality

1610s; see impartial + -ity.



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

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