Definition of dismissive in English:



  • Feeling or showing that something is unworthy of consideration:

    ‘monetarist theory is dismissive of the need to control local spending’
    ‘his dismissive attitude towards women left him isolated’
    • ‘I think the dismissive way people have been dealt with is a disgrace.’
    • ‘I tried explaining my feud with the waiter, but Jennifer was dismissive.’
    • ‘He denied the trust had been dismissive towards Mr Blackbird and his family.’
    • ‘It's much easier to be hyperbolic, or dismissive, or to give up trying to make judgments and just stick to writing lists.’
    • ‘Such a dismissive and negative view of these two giants isn't fair, of course.’
    • ‘I don't remember buying it, she said with a dismissive flick of the wrist.’
    • ‘The dismissive attitude was previously the star quality of the north.’
    • ‘The same sort of dismissive attitude is evident in response to the latest findings.’
    • ‘She is dismissive of talk that the island is any less deserving of public support than any other community in Scotland.’
    • ‘The sceptical scribe answered in the negative; Palmer was annoyed at the dismissive response.’
    • ‘He is dismissive of the tyranny of email, pagers and mobile phones.’
    • ‘Some of the regulars are dismissive and civilians don't view them with the same respect as they do the full-timers.’
    • ‘Woodward, you can also gather, wouldn't have been so dismissive if England had been on the receiving end.’
    • ‘Miss Regan complained to the manager but said he was dismissive of her complaint and walked off while she was still talking to him.’
    • ‘Vivek says that some senior professors have been dismissive of their ideas.’
    • ‘He was dismissive of his television work, saying it had paid the rent and bought the groceries, and was now behind him.’
    • ‘I've been watching all this California stuff with a really dismissive attitude.’
    • ‘And did you feel that your colleagues were being dismissive of you because of that?’
    • ‘Yet overall, the summer school flaunted a dismissive attitude toward folk history.’
    • ‘Both Dodge and Hollis were sceptical of the worth of intervention and dismissive towards the coalition.’
    contemptuous, disdainful, scornful, sneering, snide, scathing, disparaging, negative, unenthusiastic, offhand, perfunctory
    sniffy, snotty
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