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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impassive mean? 

IMPASSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective IMPASSIVE has 2 senses:

1. having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
2. deliberately impassive in manner

  Familiarity information: IMPASSIVE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

IMPASSIVE (adjective)

Sense 1impassive [BACK TO TOP]


Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited


impassive; stolid

Context examples:

her impassive remoteness / he remained impassive, showing neither interest in nor concern for our plight / a silent stolid creature who took it all as a matter of course / her face showed nothing but stolid indifference


unemotional (unsusceptible to or destitute of or showing no emotion)

Sense 2impassive [BACK TO TOP]


Deliberately impassive in manner


deadpan; expressionless; poker-faced; unexpressive; impassive

Context examples:

deadpan humor / his face remained expressionless as the verdict was read


incommunicative; uncommunicative (not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions)

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