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im·per·son·al BrE [ɪmˈpɜːsənl] NAmE [ɪmˈpɜːrsənl] adjective
1. (usually disapproving)lacking friendly human feelings or atmosphere; making you feel unimportant
a vast impersonal organization
an impersonal hotel room
Business letters need not be formal and impersonal.
a cold impersonal stare
His touch was as impersonal as that of a doctor.
2. not referring to any particular person
Let's keep the criticism general and impersonal.
3. (grammar)an impersonal verb or sentence has ‘it’ or ‘there’ as the subject
Derived Words:impersonality impersonally

Word Origin:
[impersonal impersonality impersonally] late Middle English (in sense 3): from late Latin impersonalis, from Latin in- ‘not’ + personalis ‘of a person’ (from persona ‘actor's mask, character in a play’, later ‘human being’).

Language Bank:
Giving opinions using impersonal language
It is vital that more is done to prevent the illegal trade in wild animals. (Compare: We have to do more to stop people trading wild animals illegally. )
It is clear that more needs to be done to protect biodiversity. (Compare: We clearly need to do more to protect biodiversity. )
It is unfortunate that the practice of keeping monkeys as pets still continues. (Compare: It's absolutely terrible that people still keep monkeys as pets. )
It is difficult for many people to understand the reasons why certain individuals choose to hunt animals for sport. (Compare: I can't understand why anyone would want to kill animals for fun. )
Unfortunately, it would seem that not enough is being done to support tiger conservation. (Compare: Governments aren't doing enough to help tiger conservation. )
There is no doubt that the greatest threat to polar bears comes from global warming. (Compare: I believe that the greatest threat… )
Language Banks at ↑opinion, ↑perhaps, ↑vital

Example Bank:
I find the atmosphere there rather impersonal.
I think we should keep things entirely impersonal.
The law is abstract and coldly impersonal.
Business letters do not always need to be impersonal and formal.
It's a vast impersonal organization.
The hotel room looked bare and impersonal.
You should write your report in an impersonal manner.

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