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Definitions for indifference
ɪnˈdɪf ər əns, -ˈdɪf rənsin·dif·fer·ence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. indifferencenoun

    unbiased impartial unconcern

  2. emotionlessness, impassivity, impassiveness, phlegm, indifference, stolidity, unemotionalitynoun

    apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions

  3. apathy, indifference, numbness, spiritlessnessnoun

    the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally

  4. nonchalance, unconcern, indifferencenoun

    the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern


  1. indifferencenoun

    the state of being indifferent

  2. indifferencenoun

    unbiased impartiality

  3. indifferencenoun

    unemotional apathy

    His daughter's indifference towards the sexist group made him wonder if she was even human.

  4. indifferencenoun

    a lack of enthusiasm

  5. indifferencenoun

    unconcerned nonchalance

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Indifference, Indifferencynoun

    Etymology: indifference, French; indifferentia, Latin.

    In choice of committees it is better to chuse indifferent persons, than to make an indifferency by putting in those that are strong on both sides. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    By an equal indifferency for all truth, I mean, not loving it as such, before we know it to be true. John Locke.

    A perfect indifferency in the mind, not determinable by its last judgment, would be as great an imperfection as the want of indifferency to act, or not to act, 'till determined by the will. John Locke.

    Those who would borrow light from expositors, either consult only those who have the good luck to be thought sound and orthodox, avoiding those of different sentiments; or else with indifferency look into the notes of all commentators. John Locke.

    Read the book with indifferency and judgment, and thou can'st not but greatly commend it. John Whitgift.

    Indifference cannot but be criminal, when it is conversant about objects which are so far from being of an indifferent nature, that they are of the highest importance. Addison.

    A place which we must pass through, not only with the indifference of strangers, but with the vigilance of those who travel through the country of an enemy. John Rogers.

    Indiff'rence, clad in wisdom's guise,
    All fortitude of mind supplies;
    For how can stony bowels melt,
    In those who never pity felt? Jonathan Swift.

    He will let you know he has got a clap with as much indifferency as he would a piece of publick news. Jonathan Swift.

    The people of England should be frighted with the French king and the pretender once a year: the want of observing this necessary precept, has produced great indifference in the vulgar. Arbuthnot.

    The choice is left to our discretion, except a principal bond of some higher duty remove the indifference that such things have in themselves: their indifference is removed, if we take away our own liberty. Richard Hooker.


  1. indifference

    Indifference is a state or attitude of showing no concern, interest, or care towards something or someone. It is an lack of feeling for or against something, essentially a state of neutrality or disinterest. It can be seen as a lack of preference or bias in a given situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indifferencenoun

    the quality or state of being indifferent, or not making a difference; want of sufficient importance to constitute a difference; absence of weight; insignificance

  2. Indifferencenoun

    passableness; mediocrity

  3. Indifferencenoun

    impartiality; freedom from prejudice, prepossession, or bias

  4. Indifferencenoun

    absence of anxiety or interest in respect to what is presented to the mind; unconcernedness; as, entire indifference to all that occurs


  1. Indifference

    During the investigation into the death of a little girl in a respectable, middle-class family, Greevey and Logan uncover a myriad of family secrets involving abuse, molestation, and murder.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of indifference in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of indifference in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of indifference in a Sentence

  1. Bryan Stevenson:

    Race, poverty, inadequate legal assistance, and prosecutorial indifference to innocence conspired to create a textbook example of injustice, i can't think of a case that more urgently dramatizes the need for reform than what has happened to Anthony Ray Hinton.

  2. Elie Wiesel:

    Only one enemy is worse than despair: indifference. In every area of human creativity, indifference is the enemy; indifference of evil is worse than evil, because it is also sterile.

  3. Dag Hammarskjld:

    The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of of others.

  4. W. Somerset Maugham:

    Tolerance is another word for indifference.

  5. Andy Beshear:

    The charges brought against Officer Hankison state that Officer Hankison violated standard operating procedures when Officer Hankison actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life. The choice to bring these charges alone and so late highlights the indifference to human life shown by everyone involved in Breonna Taylors murder.

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    excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
    • A. frantic
    • B. dangerous
    • C. witless
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