Definition of indifferent in English:

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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.



Pronunciation: /inˈdifərntlē/ Pronunciation: /inˈdif(ə)rəntlē/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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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Syllabification: in·dif·fer·ent

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