impassive (adj.) 1660s, "not feeling pain," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (1)) + PASSIVE (Cf. passive). Meaning "void of emotions" is from 1690s. Related: Impassively; impassiveness (1640s).

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