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impersonal

adjective uk   /ɪmˈpɜː.sən.əl/ us    /-ˈpɝː-/ disapproving
C1 without human warmth; not friendly and without features that make people feel interested or involved: She has a very cold and impersonal manner. Hospitals always seem such impersonal places - rows of identical beds in dull grey rooms. not referring to people or a particular person by name: He always tried to keep the discussions impersonal so that no one would be offended. specialized language An impersonal verb or sentence has the subject 'it' and does not refer to a particular person or thing, as in the sentence It's cold outside. not existing as a person: Some religions favour the idea of an impersonal god.
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