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impartiality

Impartiality is a quality of not being biased in one direction or another. Submissions for a school writing contest might be anonymous, to ensure the judges' impartiality.

Impartiality is important in legal proceedings, and jury members are screened to make sure they don't have a preconceived opinion that would sway their decision. If you're partial, you have a strong preference for someone or something — whether you're partial to chocolate ice cream or partial to cats. Impartiality, on the other hand, is a neutral, objective feeling. Your culinary impartiality makes you an ideal dining companion; you don't care whether you have Indian food or pizza.

Definitions of impartiality
  1. noun
    an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally
    synonyms: nonpartisanship
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    Antonyms:
    partiality, partisanship
    an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
    types:
    disinterestedness
    freedom from bias or from selfish motives
    candor, candour, fair-mindedness, fairness
    ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty
    type of:
    disposition, inclination, tendency
    an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
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