[in-dif-er-uh ns, -dif-ruh ns]
- lack of interest or concern: We were shocked by their indifference toward poverty.
- unimportance; little or no concern: Whether or not to attend the party is a matter of indifference to him.
- the quality or condition of being indifferent.
- mediocre quality; mediocrity.
Origin of indifference
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1. Indifference, unconcern, listlessness, apathy, insensibility all imply lack of feeling. Indifference denotes an absence of feeling or interest; unconcern, an absence of concern or solicitude, a calm or cool indifference in the face of what might be expected to cause uneasiness or apprehension; listlessness, an absence of inclination or interest, a languid indifference to what is going on about one; apathy, a profound intellectual and emotional indifference suggestive of faculties either naturally sluggish or dulled by emotional disturbance, mental illness, or prolonged sickness; insensibility, an absence of capacity for feeling or of susceptibility to emotional influences.
1. eagerness, responsiveness.
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- the fact or state of being indifferent; lack of care or concern
- lack of quality; mediocrity
- lack of importance; insignificance
- See principle of indifference
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Word Origin and History for indifferences'
mid-15c., from Latin indifferentia "want of difference, similarity," noun of quality from indifferentem (see indifferent).
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