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[in-dif-er-uh n-tiz-uh m, -dif-ruh n-]
  1. systematic indifference.
  2. adiaphorism.
  3. the principle or opinion that differences of religious belief are essentially unimportant.
  4. Philosophy. the doctrine that each entity is essentially unique and at the same time essentially the same as all other entities of its kind.
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Origin of indifferentism

From the French word indifférentisme, dating back to 1820–30. See indifferent, -ism
Related formsin·dif·fer·ent·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for indifferentism

Historical Examples

  • What is to be done to arrest the progress of this indifferentism?

    Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men And Women And Other Things In General

    Charles Lever

  • But these are distinct from the perfect polish and politeness of indifferentism.

    Backlog Studies

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • In short, to men of the world it is neither more nor less than Indifferentism.

  • But Fichte's condemnation of Schelling's Indifferentism is quite right.

    History of Modern Philosophy

    Alfred William Benn

  • Partly, because of the indifferentism which is everywhere so prevalent.

British Dictionary definitions for indifferentism


  1. systematic indifference, esp in matters of religion
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Derived Formsindifferentist, noun
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