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Definition of the adjective impersonal

What does impersonal mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more impersonal / most impersonal

  1. not relating to or responsive to individual persons
    • examples: an impersonal corporation | an impersonal remark
    • antonym: personal
    • similar: nonpersonal
  2. having no personal preference

Alternative definition of the adjective impersonal


  1. not personal; not representing a person; not having personality
  2. Lacking warmth or emotion; cold.
  3. [grammar, of a verb or other word] not having a subject, or having a third person pronoun without an antecedent

Phrases with impersonal

  1. Impersonal verb
  2. Impersonal Subject
  3. Impersonal-Subject

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Google previewA Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics (2013)

by R.L. Trask

impersonal passive 136 impersonal passive n. Any of various constructions involving an overt passive inflection on the verb and no lexical subject. In languages exhibiting them, impersonal passives are most typically derived from intransitive ...

Google previewThe Primary English Encyclopedia (2017)

The heart of the curriculum by Margaret Mallett

Impersonal language This is the language of text books and official documents. Sometimes impersonal language is in the passive voice. Thus in a report of a scientific experiment we might find language like: 'The chemicals were heated in a ...

Google previewA dictionary and grammatical outline of Chakali (2017)

by Jonathan Brindle

Impersonal pronouns An impersonal pronoun does not refer to a particular person ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

Impersonal be declined throughoutall moods and tenses, a verb impersonal hath no nominative case before him. Accidence. (2.) IMPERsonal verbs, in Latin grammar, are verbs to which the nominative of any certain person cannot be prefixed; ...

Google previewAdvances in Generative Lexicon Theory (2012)

by James Pustejovsky, Pierrette Bouillon, Hitoshi Isahara, Kyoko Kanzaki, Chungmin Lee

The only difference is that the interpretation of the subject as impersonal is due to discourse anaphoric constraints.27 Unlike the previous case , here the clitic introduces an argument that does not participate in the primary OS ; ...

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War can be so impersonal yet when we put a name, a face, a place and match it to families, then war is not impersonal. (Dennis Kucinich)
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Scrabble value of I1M3P3E1R1S1O1N1A1L1

The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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