1 showing indifference or disregard; "a dismissive shrug"
2 tending to dismiss or reject; "a dismissive gesture"
Dismissiveness is a form of denial, characterized by either passively showing indifference or disregard, or actively dismissing or rejecting ideas or evidence.
Some notable usage examples
- New York Times columnest Anthony Gottlieb in reviewing Richard Rorty's Philosophical Papers wrote, "His general attitude is an instance of what might be called the higher dismissiveness. The trick is to lock up your opponents in some social, academic or historical context and then to dismiss their views as mere rattling against the bars."