Definitions for indifferentɪnˈdɪf ər ənt, -ˈdɪf rənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•dif•fer•entɪnˈdɪf ər ənt, -ˈdɪf rənt(adj.)

  1. without interest or concern; not caring; apathetic.

  2. having no bias or preference; impartial.

  3. neutral or average; routine:

    an indifferent specimen.

  4. not particularly good:

    an indifferent performance.

  5. of only moderate amount, extent, etc.

  6. immaterial or unimportant.

  7. not essential or obligatory, as an observance.

  8. neutral in chemical, electric, or magnetic quality.

  9. not differentiated or specialized, as cells or tissues.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  10. (n.)a person who is indifferent, esp. in matters of religion or politics.

Origin of indifferent:

1350–1400; ME < of indifferēns


Princeton's WordNet

  1. apathetic, indifferent(adj)

    marked by a lack of interest

    "an apathetic audience"; "the universe is neither hostile nor friendly; it is simply indifferent"

  2. indifferent(adj)

    showing no care or concern in attitude or action

    "indifferent to the sufferings of others"; "indifferent to her plea"

  3. deaf(p), indifferent(p)(adj)

    (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed

    "deaf to her warnings"

  4. immaterial, indifferent(adj)

    (often followed by `to') lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other

    "whether you choose to do it or not is a matter that is quite immaterial (or indifferent)"; "what others think is altogether indifferent to him"

  5. indifferent(adj)

    fairly poor to not very good

    "has an indifferent singing voice"; "has indifferent qualifications for the job"

  6. inert, indifferent, neutral(adj)

    having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive

    "inert matter"; "an indifferent chemical in a reaction"

  7. indifferent(adj)

    marked by no especial liking or dislike or preference for one thing over another

    "indifferent about which book you would give them"; "was indifferent to their acceptance or rejection of her invitation"

  8. indifferent, unbiased, unbiassed(adj)

    characterized by a lack of partiality

    "a properly indifferent jury"; "an unbiasgoted account of her family problems"

  9. indifferent, so-so(p)(adj)

    being neither good nor bad

    "an indifferent performance"; "a gifted painter but an indifferent actor"; "her work at the office is passable"; "a so-so golfer"; "feeling only so-so"; "prepared a tolerable dinner"; "a tolerable working knowledge of French"

  10. indifferent(adj)

    neither too great nor too little

    "a couple of indifferent hills to climb"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. indifferent(adjective)ɪnˈdɪf ər ənt, -ˈdɪf rənt

    unconcerned or uninterested

    He's indifferent to her feelings.

  2. indifferentɪnˈdɪf ər ənt, -ˈdɪf rənt

    average; = mediocre

    Their performance was indifferent.; They acted with indifference to human rights.


  1. indifferent(Adverb)

    To some extent, in some degree (intermediate between very and not at all); moderately, tolerably, fairly.

    The face of the Moon appearing to me to be full of indifferent high mountains...

  2. indifferent(Adjective)

    Not caring or concerned; uninterested, apathetic.

    He was indifferent to the proposal, since it didn't affect him, either way.

  3. indifferent(Adjective)

    Mediocre, usually used negatively in modern usage.

  4. indifferent(Adjective)

    Having no preference or bias, being impartial.

    I am indifferent between the two plans.

  5. indifferent(Adjective)

    Not significant in size or amount, immaterial.

    Even if one appliance consumes an indifferent amount of energy when left on stand-by overnight, together they can represent 10% of the electricity demand of a household.

  6. indifferent(Adjective)

    Being in the state of neutral equilibrium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indifferent(adj)

    not mal/ing a difference; having no influence or preponderating weight; involving no preference, concern, or attention; of no account; without significance or importance

  2. Indifferent(adj)

    neither particularly good, not very bad; of a middle state or quality; passable; mediocre

  3. Indifferent(adj)

    not inclined to one side, party, or choice more than to another; neutral; impartial

  4. Indifferent(adj)

    feeling no interest, anxiety, or care, respecting anything; unconcerned; inattentive; apathetic; heedless; as, to be indifferent to the welfare of one's family

  5. Indifferent(adj)

    free from bias or prejudice; impartial; unbiased; disinterested

  6. Indifferent(adverb)

    to a moderate degree; passably; tolerably

Translations for indifferent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often with to ) showing no interest in or not caring about (opinions, events etc)

She is quite indifferent to other people's suffering.

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