Impersonal



[im-pur-suh-nl] /ɪmˈpɜr sə nl/

adjective
1.
not personal; without reference or connection to a particular person:
an impersonal remark.
2.
having no personality; devoid of human character or traits:
an impersonal deity.
3.
lacking human emotion or warmth:
an impersonal manner.
4.
Grammar.

noun
5.
Grammar. an impersonal verb or pronoun.
/ɪmˈpɜːsənəl/
adjective
1.
without reference to any individual person; objective: an impersonal assessment
2.
devoid of human warmth or sympathy; cold: an impersonal manner
3.
not having human characteristics: an impersonal God
4.
(grammar) (of a verb) having no logical subject. Usually in English the pronoun it is used in such cases as a grammatical subject, as for example in It is raining
5.
(grammar) (of a pronoun) not denoting a person
adj.

mid-15c., a grammatical term, from Late Latin impersonalis, from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + personalis “personal” (see personal). Sense of “not connected with any person” is from 1620s; that of “not endowed with personality” is from 1842. Related: impersonally.

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