adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin impersonalis, from Latin in- + Late Latin personalis personal Date: 15th century 1. a. denoting the verbal action of an unspecified agent and hence used with no expressed subject (as methinks) or with a merely formal subject (as rained in it rained) b. of a pronoun indefinite 2. a. having no personal reference or connection <
impersonal criticism
b. not engaging the human personality or emotions <
the machine as compared with the hand tool is an impersonal agency — John Dewey
c. not existing as a person ; not having human qualities or characteristics • impersonality nounimpersonally adverb

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