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"impersonal" in British English

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impersonaladjective

uk   /ɪmˈpɜː.sən.əl/  us   /ɪmˈpɝː.sən.əl/ disapproving
C1 without ​humanwarmth; not ​friendly and without ​features that make ​peoplefeelinterested or ​involved: She has a very ​cold and impersonal ​manner. Hospitals always ​seem so impersonal - ​rows of ​identicalbeds in ​dullgreyrooms.
not referring to ​people or a ​particularperson 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 ​particularperson or thing, as in the ​sentence It's ​coldoutside.
not ​existing as a ​person: Some ​religionsfavour 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 ​leftsoonafterward.
(Definition of impersonal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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