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?
Recent Examples of indifferent from the Web
The scene - captured via airplane photographs snapped by the state's largest newspaper, the Newark Star-Ledger - once again revealed the indifferent defiance that has both lifted and hobbled Christie's political career.
And in both, Pride month has been overshadowed by leaders who seem indifferent — if not actively hostile — to the rights and needs of marginalized groups.
The year of languor and reckoning begins in sunny May, with Izzy’s indifferent graduation from college and unexpected breakup with Aaron (Jesse Bradford), who’s fed up with her lack of direction.
After the article’s retraction, U-Va. administrator Nicole Eramo filed a lawsuit claiming that she was erroneously portrayed as callous and indifferent to Jackie’s rape allegations.
Fun, self-indulgent, and indifferent to the sport’s social norms, which, far as we’re concerned, is generally commendable.
BV2 was indifferent to the deterioration of the property.
Florida head coach Jim McElwain, who stands to gain the most in the short term, was fairly indifferent about it when asked about it earlier in the week.
Although often taking an indifferent approach to his wardrobe, Kennedy was acutely aware of the times when clothing mattered most.
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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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