impartment

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From impart +‎ -ment.

Noun[edit]

impartment (countable and uncountable, plural impartments)

  1. The act of imparting something, or the thing imparted; disclosure.
    • c. 1600, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 4,[1]
      It [the ghost of Hamlet’s father] beckons you to go away with it,
      As if it some impartment did desire
      To you alone.
    • 1673, Nathaniel Wanley, The Wonders of the Little World, London: T. Basset et al., Book 4, Chapter 22 “Of the Ignorance of the Ancients, and others,” p. 401,[2]
      It is not therefore the design of this Chapter to uncover the nakedness of our Fathers, so as to expose it to the petulancy of any, but rather to congratulate those further accessions of light and improvements in knowledge, which these latter Ages have attained unto, and to celebrate the wisdom and goodness of the great Creator, who hath not been so liberal in his impartments to our Progenitours, but that he hath reserved something wherewith to gratifie the modest inquiries, and industrious researches of after-times.
    • 1855, Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom, New York: Miller, Orton & Mulligan, Chapter 21 “My Escape from Slavery,” p. 322,[3]
      [] no slaveholding reader has any right to expect the impartment of such information.
    • 1910, William Winter, Life and Art of Richard Mansfield, New York: Moffat, Yard & Co., Volume I, Chapter 1, p. 25,[4]
      In proportion to an actor’s knowledge of human nature and human experience,—knowledge that he has assimilated through observation, thought, and suffering,—is the value of his artistic impartment to the world.
    • 1973, Donald J. Dawidoff, The Malpractice of Psychiatrists, Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, Chapter 3, pp. 33-34,[5]
      A psychiatrist has been held liable for consequent damages following the impartment of his diagnosis or of confidential information gained during treatment to third parties.