• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dispassionate unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice "a journalist should be a dispassionate reporter of fact"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dispassionate Free from passion; not warped, prejudiced, swerved, or carried away by passion or feeling; judicial; calm; composed. "Wise and dispassionate men."
    • Dispassionate Not dictated by passion; not proceeding from temper or bias; impartial; as, dispassionate proceedings; a dispassionate view.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dispassionate Free from passion; calm; composed; impartial; unmoved by strong emotion; cool; applied to persons: as, dispassionate men or judges.
    • dispassionate Not dictated by passion; not proceeding from temper or bias; impartial: applied to actions or sentiments: as, dispassionate proceedings; dispassionate views.
    • dispassionate Synonyms Cool, serene, temperate, moderate, collected, unruffled, sober.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dispassionate free from passion: unmoved by feelings: cool: impartial
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  • Joseph Conrad
    “There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.”


In literature:

After another refreshing gulp from the gourd he canvassed this dispassionately.
"The Moonshiners At Hoho-Hebee Falls" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
It is, indeed, quite extensively exasperating to the dispassionate onlooker.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
I should like best to talk it over dispassionately with him, but that can't be done.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
I don't want you to stay, but try," she went on dispassionately, "try not to be silly any more.
"Moor Fires" by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
I can't believe the girl wilfully deceives, and yet Britt was explicit, and he seems to be a keen, dispassionate observer.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
And through it all, Sebastian MacMaine watched dispassionately, calling out his orders as ten Earthmen died for every Kerothi death.
"The Highest Treason" by Randall Garrett
His voice was dispassionate.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
Look at our position scientifically, dispassionately.
"Adaptation" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
His judgment is so sound, so unbiassed, and so dispassionate.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
He carried his complaints to Pitt, who bade him set forth his case dispassionately.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
He was read dispassionately, and in the event came out 2.47.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
I reviewed the situation dispassionately.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
He might as well itemize the questions he had to face and examine them one by one, and dispassionately.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
They are sometimes a little hard, always calculating and dispassionate, but they are perfect.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
Yet, since it was inevitable, his regret was of necessity dispassionate.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
Hildebrand waved her scorn away dispassionately with his delicate white hands.
"The Proud Prince" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Allowing for his generosity in thinking first of Millicent, he was a little too practical and dispassionate.
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
Let him read dispassionately the marvelous deeds of the Jesuits in other parts of America.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various
It is a problem that calls for our soberest, most dispassionate, and most patriotic thought.
"Problems of Expansion" by Whitelaw Reid
It was the quiet, dispassionate tear of a woman long accustomed to hardship.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith

In poetry:

Still silent and dispassionate!
Ah, would that I might find
The key to the serenity
That fills thy lofty mind!
"Before A Statue Of Buddha" by John Lawson Stoddard
Whenever I sang, the moon swayed with me;
Whenever I danced, my shadow went wild.
Drinking, we shared our enjoyment together;
Drunk, then each went off on his own.
But forever agreed on dispassionate revels,
We promised to meet in the far Milky Way.
"Drinking Alone in the Moonlight" by Li Po

In news:

It would be impossible for me to write dispassionately about Bobby Fischer even if I were to try.
Think Supreme Court will be dispassionate on Obamacare.
The Encyclopedia Britannica may have been eclipsed by Wikipedia, but nothing can replace the wonder of chance discoveries among weighty volumes filled with dispassionate authority.
I was 5 years old on the afternoon of Aug 16, 1977, the afternoon that David Brinkley interrupted my Tom and Jerry cartoons to dispassionately pronounce, "Elvis Presley has died.".
It seems odd that Harry Reid, whose generally dispassionate manner probably strikes the casual listener as plain and boring, now enjoys a reputation as a hothead.
Think about what we saw last night: Mitt Romney dispassionately marched through the entire oeuvre of conservative obsessions on foreign policy and rejected virtually every single one of them.
Sundby said judges "try to be as dispassionate as we can.".
Maybe the time has come for us to have a reasoned, dispassionate discussion about how to balance deeply held convictions about personal rights with legitimate concerns over public safety.
As a dispassionate scientist, Dick Oswald is a Dragnet kind of guy ("Just the facts, ma'am"), not given to flights of fancy.
The Social Security Administration provided a dispassionate look at incomes in America this week, releasing its wage statistics report for 2010.
David Cay Johnston is not what you would call a dispassionate journalist.
New US Attorney plans to 'dispassionately' prosecute white-collar crimes.

In science:

It is now for others to reflect on this position and do so dispassionately with minds cleared of any previously held views which might prejudice a true examination of the position.
Some Comments on the Tests of General Relativity
In the vacuum enclosure, the laws of kinetics dispassionately dictate the fate of one of these atoms.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation