Definition of indifferent
1 : marked by impartiality : unbiased
2a : that does not matter one way or the otherb : of no importance or value one way or the other
3a : marked by no special liking for or dislike of something indifferent about which task he was givenb : marked by a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern for something : apathetic indifferent to suffering and poverty
4 : being neither excessive nor inadequate : moderate hills of indifferent size
5a : being neither good nor bad : mediocre does indifferent workb : being neither right nor wrong
6 : characterized by lack of active quality : neutral an indifferent chemical
7a : not differentiated indifferent tissues of the human bodyb : capable of development in more than one direction; especially : not yet embryologically determined
Examples of indifferent in a sentence
It can hardly be argued, by himself or by his defenders, that he was indifferent to, or unaware of, the true situation. —Christopher Hitchens, Harper's, March 2001
… aspects of language that the earlier grammarians were indifferent to. —Geoffrey Nunberg, Atlantic, December 1983
For it is commonly said and commonly believed that science is completely neutral and indifferent as to the ends and values which move men to act … —John Dewey, Freedom and Culture, 1939
The movie was poorly received by an indifferent public.
Was the food good, bad, or indifferent?
Origin and Etymology of indifferent
Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin indifferent-, indifferens, from in- + different-, differens, present participle of differre to be different — more at differ
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of indifferent
INDIFFERENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of indifferent for English Language Learners
: not interested in or concerned about something
: neither good nor bad : not very good
INDIFFERENT Defined for Kids
Definition of indifferent for Students
1 : not interested or concerned about something She's indifferent about your problems.
2 : neither good nor bad an indifferent performance
Medical Definition of indifferent
1: having or exhibiting a lack of affect, concern, or care
2a: not differentiated indifferent tissues of the human bodyb: capable of development in more than one direction; especially : not yet embryologically determined
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