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impersonaladjective

uk   /ɪmˈpɜː.sən.əl/  us   /ɪmˈpɝː.sən.əl/ 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 so impersonal - 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.
(Definition of impersonal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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impersonaladjective

 us   /ɪmˈpɜr·sə·nəl/
lacking or not showing any interest or feeling: The congressman gave a short, impersonal speech and left soon afterward.
(Definition of impersonal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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