indifference

noun in·dif·fer·ence \ in-ˈdi-fərn(t)s , -f(ə-)rən(t)s \

Definition of indifference

1 :the quality, state, or fact of being indifferent
2 a archaic :lack of difference or distinction between two or more things
b :absence of compulsion to or toward one thing or another

Examples of indifference in a Sentence

  1. She was amazed that some people could watch the trial with indifference.

  2. She watched them with a cool indifference.

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First Known Use of indifference

15th century


INDIFFERENCE Defined for English Language Learners

indifference

noun

Definition of indifference for English Language Learners

  • : lack of interest in or concern about something : an indifferent attitude or feeling


INDIFFERENCE Defined for Kids

indifference

noun in·dif·fer·ence \ in-ˈdi-fə-rəns , -ˈdi-frəns \

Definition of indifference for Students

:lack of interest or concern
  • He treated the matter with indifference.

Medical Dictionary

indifference

noun in·dif·fer·ence \ in-ˈdif-ərn(t)s, -ˈdif-(ə-)rən(t)s \

medical Definition of indifference

:the quality, state, or fact of being indifferent
  • a schizophrenic reaction accompanied by apathy and indifference


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