What does indifferent mean?

Definitions for indifferent
ɪnˈdɪf ər ənt, -ˈdɪf rəntin·dif·fer·ent

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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"


  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

  7. Origin: [F. indiffrent, L. indifferens. See In- not, and Different.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Indifferent

    in-dif′ėr-ent, adj. without importance: uninteresting: of a middle quality: neutral: unconcerned.—n. one who is indifferent or apathetic: that which is indifferent.—ns. Indiff′erence, Indiff′erency, Indiff′erentism, indifference: (theol.) the doctrine that religious differences are of no moment: (metaph.) the doctrine of absolute identity—i.e. that to be in thought and to exist are one and the same thing; Indiff′erentist.—adv. Indiff′erently, in an indifferent manner: tolerably: passably: without distinction, impartially.

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How to say indifferent in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of indifferent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of indifferent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of indifferent in a Sentence

  1. Colonel Sanders:

    That’s better than 100 percent being indifferent.

  2. Francis Picabia:

    Pain has its reasons, pleasure is totally indifferent.

  3. George Steiner:

    Men are accomplices to that which leaves them indifferent.

  4. Carl Sagan:

    The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.

  5. Michel de Montaigne:

    It is easier to write an indifferent poem than to understand a good one.

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