Definition of impersonal in English:


Line breaks: im|per¦son¦al
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpəːs(ə)n(ə)l


  • 2Not existing as a person: he gradually came to believe in an impersonal God
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    • God is not a personal heavenly Father but an impersonal force.
  • 3 Grammar (Of a verb) used only with a formal subject (in English usually it) and expressing an action not attributable to a definite subject (as in it is snowing).
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    • Both Bactrian and Pagolak recall the mysterious Ursprache of Borges's Tlön, which contains no nouns but only impersonal verbs, and in which famous poems consist of a single enormous word.
    • The it in suffice it to say is an impersonal or indefinite pronoun, one that functions as a grammatical placeholder without supplying much real meaning.
    • A person is now ‘impersonal,’ as in an impersonal verb construction, as in ‘it is raining.’



Pronunciation: /-ˈnalɪti/
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  • Woolf's notion of diffuse impersonality is not merely a theoretical condition for artistic creativity; it is the beginning of a mystical idea, an attempt to escape the cell of self-knowledge, a longing for real things.
  • Computer presentations have become the standard in many fields, although there is a substantial wailing about the attendant impersonality (and often incomprehensibility) of the result.
  • However, though we may on calm reflection see the virtues of allowing large parts of our lives to follow well-worn paths, modern people periodically feel themselves frustrated by the impersonality and predictability of life.


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  • In ancient Athens, the Court of the Areopagiticus was set up specifically to deal justice impersonally to criminals and bring to an end the feuds and demands for family vengeance which brutalised society.
  • Market forces, working impersonally and without ‘intelligent design,’ can give you a pretty good glimpse at the future.
  • My objection would be more to huge schools and school districts where rules for the district are decided impersonally at some big administrative building.


late Middle English (in sense 3): from late Latin impersonalis, from Latin in- 'not' + personalis (see personal).

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