Impersonal verb
Impersonal Im*per"son*al, a. [L. impersonalis; pref. im- not + personalis personal: cf. F. impersonnel. See {Personal}.] Not personal; not representing a person; not having personality. [1913 Webster]

An almighty but impersonal power, called Fate. --Sir J. Stephen. [1913 Webster]

{Impersonal verb} (Gram.), a verb used with an indeterminate subject, commonly, in English, with the impersonal pronoun it; as, it rains; it snows; methinks (it seems to me). Many verbs which are not strictly impersonal are often used impersonally; as, it goes well with him. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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