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1. Devoid of or not subject to emotion.
2. Revealing no emotion; expressionless.
3. Archaic Incapable of physical sensation.
4. Motionless; still.

[in- + passive, suffering (obsolete).]

im·pas′sive·ly adv.
im·pas′sive·ness, im′pas·siv′i·ty n.
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Noun1.impassivity - apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactionsimpassivity - apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions
apathy - an absence of emotion or enthusiasm


References in classic literature ?
But however great was the power of this woman with eyes of flame in reading the hearts of those whose secrets she wished to divine, she met this time with a countenance of such impassivity that no discovery followed her investigation.
But why, unless for the love of the life those effigies shared with us in their wandering impassivity, should one try to reproduce in words an impression of whose fidelity there can be no critic and no judge, since such an exhibition of the art of shipbuilding and the art of figure-head carving as was seen from year's end to year's end in the open-air gallery of the New South Dock no man's eye shall behold again?
The door was already closed, but between the curtains which his hands had drawn apart, Prince Maiyo was standing in the room which they had just quitted, and there was something in the calm impassivity of his white, stern face which seemed to madden her.
The traveller's ambition to tell was not theirs, and, with dumb impassivity, they dismissed experiences which they did not value for the immediate incidents of this homely upland--the trivial movements of the two girls in disturbing the clods with their hackers so as to uncover something or other that these visitants relished as food.
He wore gold-rimmed pince-nez, and had a curious impassivity of feature.
Too often, people wear a mask of impassivity so early in the morning-that is, if they aren't already slumped in their seats, snoring and drooling.
This fact might even be distracting in its weirdness were it not for the overwhelming atmosphere of impassivity.
Tishken therefore dismisses the allegations of "quietism" and impassivity levelled against some African churches during the colonial and apartheid era as missing the point.
What some have perceived as Christ's impassivity is rather severity moderated in the act of punishing in accordance with the virtue of temperance, the judgment of reason and the requirements of the law.
It is a problem of interpretation and diagnosis, rather than of impassivity, and one complicated by the fact that the audience of the bull--so far from being ignorant of the distress of the voice imprisoned inside it--derives some of their enjoyment precisely from the contrast.
It also taught me useful, if rudimentary, skills concerning stealth and regulated impassivity.
Even when Darcy's proposal and his subsequent letter begin to chip away at her adamant impassivity, Elizabeth resists any sympathetic inclinations, and she does so especially by refusing to see in Darcy anything but shame.