- without interest or concern; not caring; apathetic: his indifferent attitude toward the suffering of others.
- having no bias, prejudice, or preference; impartial; disinterested.
- neither good nor bad in character or quality; average; routine: an indifferent specimen.
- not particularly good, important, etc.; unremarkable; unnotable: an indifferent success; an indifferent performance.
- of only moderate amount, extent, etc.
- not making a difference, or mattering, one way or the other.
- immaterial or unimportant.
- not essential or obligatory, as an observance.
- making no difference or distinction, as between persons or things: indifferent justice.
- neutral in chemical, electric, or magnetic quality.
- Biology. not differentiated or specialized, as cells or tissues.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for indifferent
However, as she feared, The Bell Jar appeared to indifferent notices and the launch—which Ted attended—was rather low-key.Ted Hughes’s Brother on Losing Sylvia Plath
December 2, 2014
The immigrants can stay, because they are victims of indifferent authorities just like we are.In Rome’s Riots, Cries for Mussolini and Attacks on Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 14, 2014
Because we have so little skin in the game, it seems that the public is indifferent.McCain’s 13 Favorite Soldiers
November 11, 2014
Communist-era clerks were famously rude and indifferent, because they had no motive to make people happy.Why Your Waiter Hates You
October 26, 2014
The students are probably unaware, indifferent, or too busy giving themselves their latest screen addiction fix to notice.Richard Hofstadter and America’s New Wave of Anti-Intellectualism
March 9, 2014
Perhaps he will come back and tell his experience to his indifferent relatives.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
To be indifferent to it, or independent of it, was out of the question.
Because we are free we can never be indifferent to the fate of freedom elsewhere.
Judge me, then, my dear, as any indifferent person (knowing what you know of me) would do.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The audience are variously affected; but none are indifferent.Biographical Sketches
- (often foll by to) showing no care or concern; uninterestedhe was indifferent to my pleas
- unimportant; immaterial
- of only average or moderate size, extent, quality, etc
- not at all good; poor
- showing or having no preferences; impartial
- (of cells or tissues) not differentiated or specialized
- (of a species) not found in any particular community
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."
- Characterized by a lack of partiality; unbiased.
- Not active or involved; neutral.
- Undifferentiated, as cells or tissue.