Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Devoid of or not subject to emotion.
  • adj. Revealing no emotion; expressionless.
  • adj. Archaic Incapable of physical sensation.
  • adj. Motionless; still.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having, or revealing, no emotion.
  • adj. Still or motionless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not susceptible of pain or suffering; apathetic; impassible; unmoved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not susceptible of pain or suffering; insensible; impassible.
  • Not showing sensibility or emotion; unmoved; apathetic: as, an impassive manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

in-1 + passive, suffering (obsolete).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "To visitation of the impassive air," is a sonorous verse; but it is not Dante's verse, unless _all detached_ means _on every side is open to visitation_, and _impassive air_ means

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1867

  • Ella avoided looking at him and kept her expression impassive as she served the dewberry cobbler and cream.

    Rainwater

  • Choudhury forced herself to keep her expression impassive and nonthreatening.

    Star Trek: TNG: Losing the Peace

  • He gazed out from the screen, his expression impassive as always.

    In the Name of Honor

  • Her gaze fastened on the lean-faced man who commanded the group, his expression impassive and aloof.

    Touch the Wind

  • Warrick sawed the steering wheel right and left as he dodged between cars, his expression impassive.

    Double Dealer: Crime Scene Investigation

  • Ellie straightened her spine, her expression impassive.

    Plain Truth

  • Then she lifted her hands and began clapping, her expression impassive.

    Plain Truth

  • “I would,” Lyon answered, keeping his expression impassive.

    Castles and The Lion’s Lady

  • She let him draw her up to face them, standing with her head held proudly, her expression impassive, but the admiral was sure that for a second he had glimpsed surprised recognition.

    Time for Yesterday

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