- indifferent about which task he was given
- hills of indifferent size
- does indifferent work
- an indifferent chemical
- indifferent tissues of the human body
The movie was poorly received by an indifferent public.
Was the food good, bad, or indifferent?
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Many of the words in our language have more than a single meaning. In most cases we have little trouble distinguishing them; we understand, based on the context in which each is used, that the English of "the English language" is different from the English used in billiards or pool ("spin around the vertical axis deliberately imparted to a ball that is driven or rolled"). In other cases, such as with the word indifferent, it can be a bit confusing. Indifferent may mean "unbiased," "apathetic," "mediocre," "unimportant," and several other things. Some of these senses are distinguished by the words commonly used with them; the "apathetic" sense, for instance, is typically followed by the preposition to. When using indifferent in your own writing take care that the surrounding words offer your reader sufficient context to prevent confusion.
: not interested in or concerned about something
: neither good nor bad : not very good
What made you want to look up indifferent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
investment of mental or emotional energy
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