If you're impersonal, you're neutral — you're not showing your feelings or your preference. If you choose people to be on your team by closing your eyes and pointing, that's impersonal — you're not picking your friends or the best players.

Impersonal can be good. An impersonal rejection is easier to take than one that specifies precisely why you, in particular, are a reject. But if your class is so impersonal, your teacher doesn't even know your name, that’s not good. A wedding that doesn't include details about the bride and groom would be impersonal and may be more like a business meeting than a celebration. Impersonal comes from the Latin roots in- or im-, "not," and personalis, "of a person."

Definitions of impersonal
  1. adjective
    not relating to or responsive to individual persons
    “an impersonal corporation”
    “an impersonal remark”
    lacking personality
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    concerning or affecting a particular person or his or her private life and personality
    ad hominem
    appealing to personal considerations (rather than to fact or reason)
    in each other's presence
    individual, private
    concerning one person exclusively
    individualised, individualized, personalised, personalized
    made for or directed or adjusted to a particular individual
    in the flesh, in-person
    an appearance carried out personally in someone else's physical presence
    ain, own
    belonging to or on behalf of a specified person (especially yourself); preceded by a possessive
    pointedly referring to or concerning a person's individual personality or intimate affairs especially offensively
    involving direct communication or contact between persons or parties
    concerning things deeply private and personal
    confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy
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  2. adjective
    having no personal preference
    impersonal criticism”
    synonyms: neutral
    nonsubjective, objective
    undistorted by emotion or personal bias; based on observable phenomena
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