- The definition of impersonal is not being personal and is someone or something that doesn't have a connection to any person or does not show emotions.
- A large corporation that doesn't focus on people is an example of something that would be described as impersonal.
- A cold room devoid of personality or human touch is an example of a room that would be described as impersonal.
impersonal definition by Webster's New World
- not personal; specif.,
- without connection or reference to any particular person: an impersonal comment
- not existing as a person: an impersonal force
- not showing human feelings, esp. sympathy or warmth: don't be so cold and impersonal
- designating or of a verb occurring only in the third person singular, in English generally with it as the indefinite subject (Ex.: “it is snowing”)
- indefinite: said of pronouns
Origin: Late Latin impersonalis
an impersonal verb or pronoun
impersonal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Lacking personality; not being a person: an impersonal force.
- a. Showing no emotion or personality: an aloof, impersonal manner.b. Having no personal reference or connection: an impersonal remark.c. Not responsive to or expressive of human personalities: a large, impersonal corporation.
- Grammar a. Of, relating to, or being a verb that expresses the action of an unspecified subject, as in methinks, “it seems to me”; Latin pluit, “it rains”; or, with an expletive subject, it snowed.b. Indefinite. Used of pronouns.
- im·perˌson·alˈi·ty noun
- im·perˈson·al·ly adverb