Definition of dismissive in English:



  • Feeling or showing that something is unworthy of consideration.

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