AskDefine | Define impersonal

Dictionary Definition

impersonal adj
1 not relating to or responsive to individual persons; "an impersonal corporation"; "an impersonal remark" [ant: personal]
2 having no personal preference; "impersonal criticism"; "a neutral observer" [syn: neutral]

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English

Etymology

From French impersonnel < Latin impersonalis < Latin im-, not + personalis, personal

Adjective

  1. not personal; not representing a person; not having personality
    An almighty but impersonal power, called Fate. –Sir J. Stephen.
  2. Lacking warmth or emotion; cold.
    She sounded impersonal as she gave her report of the Nazi death camps.
  3. that which desires personality; specifically, an impersonal verb.

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Translations

not representing a person
lacking warmth or emotion

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