Definition of Impersonal

1. Adjective. Not relating to or responsive to individual persons. "An impersonal remark"

Similar to: Nonpersonal
Antonyms: Personal

2. Adjective. Having no personal preference. "A neutral observer"
Exact synonyms: Neutral
Similar to: Nonsubjective, Objective
Derivative terms: Neutrality

Definition of Impersonal

1. a. Not personal; not representing a person; not having personality.

2. n. That which wants personality; specifically (Gram.), an impersonal verb.

Definition of Impersonal

1. Adjective. not personal; not representing a person; not having personality ¹

2. Adjective. Lacking warmth or emotion; cold. ¹

3. Adjective. (grammar of a verb or other word) not having a subject, or having a third person pronoun without an antecedent ¹

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Definition of Impersonal

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Impersonal

impermeable cell junctions
impersonal (current term)
impersonal subject
impersonal subjects
impersonal verb
impersonal verbs

Literary usage of Impersonal

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1. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"impersonal VERBS 219. impersonal verbs are conjugated like other verbs thruout ... The impersonal construction in German is a favorite one and has been very ..."

2. Readings in Industrial Society: A Study in the Structure and Functioning of by Leon Carroll Marshall (1918)
"Not only are impersonal relations substituted for personal relations, ... The worker takes a place in an impersonal system, the entrepreneur follows out an ..."

3. The American Journal of Psychology by Edward Bradford ( Titchener, Granville Stanley Hall (1918)
"They have interpreted mana in a number of ways which may be roughly grouped under four headings : first, those who regard mana as a magical, impersonal ..."

4. A Greek Grammar for Colleges by Herbert Weir Smyth (1920)
"impersonal Verbs (905). — The subject of a true impersonal verb is a vague ... An impersonal verb the subject of which may be derived from the context is ..."

5. The Journal of English and Germanic Philology by Ill.) University of Illinois (Urbana (1918)
"A careful consideration of the context, in each case, leads to a fairly sure inference of the general idea expressed by the impersonal verb and its adjuncts ..."

6. Accounting Practice and Procedure by Arthur Lowes Dickinson (1913)
"impersonal Accounts It is customary in treatises on bookkeeping to draw a somewhat sharp line of distinction between a personal and an impersonal account, ..."

7. A Greek Grammar for Schools and Colleges by Herbert Weir Smyth (1916)
"The subject of a true impersonal verb is a vague notion that cannot be ... An impersonal verb the subject of which may be derived from the context is called ..."

8. The Rudiments of Latin and English Grammar, Designed to Facilitate the Study by Alexander Adam (1812)
"The neuter pronoun it is always joined with impersonal verbs in English; as. ... And in the Latin an infinitive is commonly subjoined to impersonal verbs, ..."

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