Definition of indifferent in English:


Syllabification: in·dif·fer·ent
Pronunciation: /inˈdif(ə)rənt


1Having no particular interest or sympathy; unconcerned: they all seemed indifferent rather than angry most workers were indifferent to foreign affairs
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  • I couldn't really feel any great sympathy for him, and felt rather indifferent to his fate.
  • The third threat level is constituted by political systems that are indifferent to the expressed interests of the majority of the world's population.
  • I was rather indifferent to it at the time, but twenty years on, it sounds fresh and original.
unconcerned, uninterested, uncaring, casual, nonchalant, offhand, uninvolved, unenthusiastic, apathetic, lukewarm, phlegmatic, blasé, insouciant;
unimpressed, bored, unmoved, unresponsive, impassive, dispassionate, detached, cool
2Neither good nor bad; mediocre: attempts to distinguish between good, bad, and indifferent work
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  • And but for an indifferent second season, he has piled on runs, averaging 49.7 from 35 first-class games.
  • Distracted by the regulatory settlement, it is easy to overlook how indifferent the company's second-quarter performance was.
  • What we definitely did see was indifferent bowling and fielding in the first half, and indifferent batting in the second.
mediocre, ordinary, average, middling, middle-of-the-road, uninspired, undistinguished, unexceptional, unexciting, unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, pedestrian, prosaic, lackluster, forgettable, amateur, amateurish
informal OK, so-so, 'comme ci, comme ça', fair-to-middling, no great shakes, bush-league
2.1Not especially good; fairly bad: a pair of indifferent watercolors
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  • The opera was indifferent, but fairly successful with public.
  • He was a city boy, always had been, and his riding skills were fairly indifferent.
  • The indifferent weather is affecting the outcome of matches as batters are finding it hard to get any rhythm.
3Neutral in respect of some specified physical property.
3.1 Biology , archaic Not specialized; undifferentiated.


late Middle English (in the sense 'having no partiality for or against'): via Old French from Latin indifferent- 'not making any difference', from in- 'not' + different- 'differing' (see different).



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  • I shrugged indifferently, though I felt my face grow a little hot.
  • She longed for the free time that she'd once thought so indifferently of.
  • She believes she can act carelessly and indifferently as long as everyone else is careful to keep out of her way.

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