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Dictionary Definition

indifferent adj
1 marked by a lack of interest; "an apathetic audience"; "the universe is neither hostile nor friendly; it is simply indifferent" [syn: apathetic]
2 showing no care or concern in attitude or action; "indifferent to the sufferings of others"; "indifferent to her plea"
3 (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed; "deaf to her warnings" [syn: deaf(p), indifferent(p)]
4 (often followed by `to') lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other; "whether you choose to do it or not is a matter that is quite immaterial (or indifferent)"; "what others think is altogether indifferent to him" [syn: immaterial]
5 fairly poor to not very good; "has an indifferent singing voice"; "has indifferent qualifications for the job"
6 having only a limited ability to react chemically; not active; "inert matter"; "an indifferent chemical in a reaction" [syn: inert, neutral]
7 marked by no especial liking or dislike or preference for one thing over another; "indifferent about which book you would give them"; "was indifferent to their acceptance or rejection of her invitation"
8 characterized by a lack of partiality; "a properly indifferent jury"; "an unbiased account of her family problems" [syn: unbiased, unbiassed]
9 neither good nor bad; "an indifferent performance"; "a gifted painter but an indifferent actor"; "her work at the office is passable"; "a so-so golfer"; "feeling only so-so"; "prepared a tolerable dinner"; "a tolerable working knowledge of French" [syn: passable, so-so(p), tolerable]
10 neither too great nor too little; "a couple of indifferent hills to climb"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Not caring; apathetic.
    He was indifferent to the proposal, since it didn't affect him, either way.
  2. Mediocre, usually used negatively in modern usage.
    The long distance and the indifferent roads made the journey impossible.


  1. Let their heads be sleekly combed their blue coats brushed and their garters of an indifferent knit Act 4, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew


not caring

Extensive Definition

Indifference may refer to:
  • apathy, the lack of emotion, motivation, or enthusiasm; a psychological term for a state of indifference .
  • "Indifference " a song in the Valse Musette style. Written by Joseph Colombo and Tony Murena. Recorded by (amongst others): Tony Murena, Pouro Sinto, Big Lou's Polka Casserole, the Baguette Quartette.
  • "Indifference", a song by Moby Grape from their 1967 album Moby Grape
  • "Indifference (song)", a song by Pearl Jam from their 1993 album Vs. (Pearl Jam album)
  • "The Great Song of Indifference", a hit single by Bob Geldof from his 1990 album Vegetarians of Love.
  • Indifference curves are one way of working out the shape of the Demand curves used in microeconomic theory.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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