[ in-dif-er-uhnt, -dif-ruhnt ]
/ ɪnˈdɪf ər ənt, -ˈdɪf rənt /
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an ethically or morally indifferent act.
a person who is indifferent, especially in matters of religion or politics.


Archaic. indifferently: I am indifferent well.



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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 forms of indifferent

indifferently, adverb

Word Origin for indifferent

C14: from Latin indifferēns making no distinction
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Medical 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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