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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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impersonalim‧per‧son‧al /ɪmˈpɜːsənəl $ -ɜːr-/ adjective  1 UNFRIENDLYnot showing any feelings of sympathy, friendliness etc Business letters do not have to be impersonal and formal. Sometimes she seems a very impersonal, even unkind, mother.see thesaurus at unfriendly2 PRIVATE/NON-GOVERNMENTa place or situation that is impersonal does not make people feel that they are important I hate staying in hotels; they’re so impersonal. a formal and impersonal style of management3 technicalSLG in grammar, an impersonal sentence or verb is one where the subject is represented by ‘it’ or ‘there’, as in the sentence ‘It rained all day’impersonally adverb
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impersonalJust signing your name on a Christmas card seems too impersonal.The Church has been criticized for being too big and impersonal.They just handed over the keys and walked out - it was all so impersonal.Chid's letters are absolutely impersonal.He was methodical, almost impersonal.I had hoped that the cool impersonal air in the Saltine Motel Restaurant would bring me to my senses.The house felt as if it had been converted to institutional use, someplace impersonal and chill.The whole thing was conducted on an impersonal level.I had no desire to work for a large, impersonal organization.It was an impersonal system; it made no difference who you were, so long as you could master its rules.Bawdiness has been toned down and feasting reduced to sadly impersonal uniformity.There are fewer beautiful people out there who want to get up close and impersonal with us.
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