[in-dif-er-uhnt, -dif-ruhnt]



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


Archaic. indifferently: I am indifferent well.

Nearby words

  1. indie,
  2. indienne,
  3. indies,
  4. indifference,
  5. indifferency,
  6. indifferent gonad,
  7. indifferent tissue,
  8. indifferentism,
  9. indifferently,
  10. indigen

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 indifferently



(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 indifferently
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Medicine definitions for indifferently


[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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