In the lodge he is a mild, considerate man, of the non-interfering and non-scolding species.
Society could make the necessary protest, but it does not; for if Society is anything, it is non-interfering.
Being a non-interfering, self-contained man, he seemed to be rather irresolute.
mid-15c., "to strike against," from Middle French enterferer "to strike each other," from entre- "between" (see entre-) + ferir "to strike," from Latin ferire "to knock, strike," related to Latin forare "to bore, pierce" (see bore (v.), and cf. punch (v.), which has both the senses "to hit" and "to make a hole in"). Figurative sense of "to meddle with, oppose unrightfully" is from 1630s. Related: Interfered; interfering.