Meaning of “impersonal” in the English Dictionary


"impersonal" in English

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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)

"impersonal" in American English

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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)