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Meaning & Definition of Indifferent in English

English

Indifferent

/ɪndɪfrənt/

adjective

1. Marked by a lack of interest

  • "An apathetic audience"
  • "The universe is neither hostile nor friendly
  • It is simply indifferent"
    synonym:
  • apathetic
  • ,
  • indifferent

2. Showing no care or concern in attitude or action

  • "Indifferent to the sufferings of others"
  • "Indifferent to her plea"
    synonym:
  • indifferent

3. (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed

  • "Deaf to her warnings"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • immaterial
  • ,
  • indifferent

5. Fairly poor to not very good

  • "Has an indifferent singing voice"
  • "Has indifferent qualifications for the job"
    synonym:
  • indifferent

6. Having only a limited ability to react chemically

  • Chemically inactive
  • "Inert matter"
  • "An indifferent chemical in a reaction"
    synonym:
  • inert
  • ,
  • indifferent
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • indifferent

8. Characterized by a lack of partiality

  • "A properly indifferent jury"
  • "An unbiasgoted account of her family problems"
    synonym:
  • indifferent
  • ,
  • unbiased
  • ,
  • unbiassed

9. Being 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"
    synonym:
  • indifferent
  • ,
  • so-so(p)

10. Neither too great nor too little

  • "A couple of indifferent hills to climb"
    synonym:
  • indifferent

Examples of using

The policeman, who is easily frightened, is funny; the policeman, indifferent to the misfortunes of others, is terrible.
He is indifferent to what others say.
I am indifferent to others' opinions.