Indifferent definition

ĭn-dĭfər-ənt, -dĭfrənt
Not mattering one way or the other; unimportant; immaterial.

It's indifferent which outfit you choose.

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Having or showing no interest, concern, or feeling; uninterested, apathetic, or unmoved.
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Having or showing no partiality, bias, or preference; neutral.
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Characterized by a lack of partiality; unbiased.

An indifferent judge.

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Capable of developing in various ways, as the cells of an embryo that are not yet specialized; undifferentiated.
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(biology) Undifferentiated, as cells or tissue.
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Not caring or concerned; uninterested, apathetic.

He was indifferent to the proposal, since it didn't affect him, either way.

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Having no preference or bias, being impartial.

I am indifferent between the two plans.

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Not active or involved; neutral.

An indifferent chemical in a reaction.

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Having no particular interest or concern; apathetic.

A person who is indifferent to the sufferings of others.

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Of no consequence or importance; immaterial.
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Not really good; rather poor or bad.
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Not making a difference; without significance or importance.

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.

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(mechanics) Being in the state of neutral equilibrium.
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(obsolete) 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...

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Having no marked feeling for or against.

She remained indifferent toward their proposal.

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Neutral in quality, as a chemical, magnet, etc.; inactive.
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The definition of indifferent is having no preference or being uninterested.

An example of indifferent is a person who has no opinion about politics.

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Being neither too much nor too little; moderate.
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Being neither good nor bad; mediocre.

An indifferent performance.

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Not particularly good or bad, large or small, right or wrong, etc.; fair, average, etc.
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Mediocre, usually used negatively in modern usage.

The long distance and the indifferent roads made the journey impossible.

The performance of Blue Jays has been 'indifferent this season.

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Origin of indifferent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin indifferēns indifferent- in- not in–1 differēns different different

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French indifferent, from Latin indifferens

    From Wiktionary