from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Unshakably calm and collected: synonym: cool.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Incapable of being perturbed or agitated; unmoved; self-contained; calm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Incapable of being disturbed or disconcerted.

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  • adjective not easily perturbed, upset or excited
  • adjective calm and collected, even under pressure

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

  • adjective not easily perturbed or excited or upset; marked by extreme calm and composure


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  • Monkton, recently elevated to the managership, gasped, swallowed, and maintained his imperturbable attentiveness.


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  • Not so no-drama-Obama who evinces an imperturbable cool utterly bereft of inner trauma.

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  • "Never mind, honey," his imperturbable wife assured him in a stage whisper.

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  • Lily Sanderson's fate had not been hers, and her wonderful man-boy, without the threat of a blow, slow of speech and imperturbable, had conquered the big blacksmith.


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  • Tamara was usually a resolute soldier, a calm and imperturbable Warrior of God, but now she seemed distressed.

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