[ in-dif-er-uhnt, -dif-ruhnt ]
/ ɪnˈdɪf ər ənt, -ˈdɪf rənt /



an ethically or morally indifferent act.
a person who is indifferent, especially in matters of religion or politics.


Archaic. indifferently: I am indifferent well.

Origin of indifferent

1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) < Latin indifferent- (stem of indifferēns). See in-3, different
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British Dictionary definitions for indifferent


/ (ɪnˈdɪfrənt, -fərənt) /


(often foll by to) showing no care or concern; uninterestedhe was indifferent to my pleas
unimportant; immaterial
  1. of only average or moderate size, extent, quality, etc
  2. not at all good; poor
showing or having no preferences; impartial
  1. (of cells or tissues) not differentiated or specialized
  2. (of a species) not found in any particular community
Derived Formsindifferently, adverb

Word Origin for indifferent

C14: from Latin indifferēns making no distinction
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Word Origin and History for indifferent



late 14c., "unbiased," from Old French indifferent "impartial" or directly from Latin indifferentem (nominative indifferens) "not differing, not particular, of not consequence, neither good nor evil," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + differens, present participle of differre "set apart" (see differ). Extended sense of "apathetic" first recorded early 15c.; that of "neither good nor bad" 1530s, on notion of "neither more nor less advantageous."

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Medicine definitions for indifferent


[ ĭn-dĭfər-ənt, -dĭfrənt ]


Characterized by a lack of partiality; unbiased.
Not active or involved; neutral.
Undifferentiated, as cells or tissue.
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