[ ad-ee-af-er-uhs ]
/ ˌæd iˈæf ər əs /
doing neither good nor harm, as a medicine.
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British Dictionary definitions for adiaphorous
/ (ˌædɪˈæfərəs) /
med having no effect for good or ill, as a drug or placebo
Word Origin for adiaphorous
C17: from Greek adiaphoros indifferent, from a- 1 + diaphoros different
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