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Meaning of INDIFFERENT

Pronunciation:  in'difurunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  showing no care or concern in attitude or action; "indifferent to the sufferings of others"; "indifferent to her plea"
  2. [adj]  lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other; often followed by"to"; "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"
  3. [adj]  marked by a lack of interest; "an apathetic audience"; "the universe is neither hostile nor friendly; it is simply indifferent"
  4. [adj]  neither too great nor too little; "a couple of indifferent hills to climb"
  5. [adj]  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"
  6. [adj]  characterized by a lack of partiality; "a properly indifferent jury"; "an unbiased account of her family problems"
  7. [adj]  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. [adj]  (chemistry) having only a limited ability to react chemically; not active; "inert matter"; "an indifferent chemical in a reaction"
  9. [adj]  fairly poor to not very good; "has an indifferent singing voice"; "has indifferent qualifications for the job"
 

INDIFFERENT is a 11 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: apathetic, fair, immaterial, impartial, inert, inferior, moderate, neutral, ordinary, passable, so-so(p), tolerable, unbiased, unbiassed, unconcerned, unimportant, uninterested, unreactive
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \In*dif"fer*ent\, a. [F. indiff['e]rent, L.
    indifferens. See {In-} not, and {Different}.]
    1. Not mal?ing a difference; having no influence or
       preponderating weight; involving no preference, concern,
       or attention; of no account; without significance or
       importance.
    
             Dangers are to me indifferent.        --Shak.
    
             Everything in the world is indifferent but sin.
                                                   --Jer. Taylor.
    
             His slightest and most indifferent acts . . . were
             odious in the clergyman's sight.      --Hawthorne.
    
    2. Neither particularly good, not very bad; of a middle state
       or quality; passable; mediocre.
    
             The staterooms are in indifferent order. --Sir W.
                                                   Scott.
    
    3. Not inclined to one side, party, or choice more than to
       another; neutral; impartial.
    
             Indifferent in his choice to sleep or die.
                                                   --Addison.
    
    4. Feeling no interest, anxiety, or care, respecting
       anything; unconcerned; inattentive; apathetic; heedless;
       as, to be indifferent to the welfare of one's family.
    
             It was a law of Solon, that any person who, in the
             civil commotions of the republic, remained neuter,
             or an indifferent spectator of the contending
             parties, should be condemned to perpetual
             banishment.                           --Addison.
    
    5. (Law) Free from bias or prejudice; impartial; unbiased;
       disinterested.
    
             In choice of committees for ripening business for
             the counsel, it is better indifferent persons than
             to make an indifferency by putting in those that are
             strong on both sides.                 --Bacon.
    
    {Indifferent tissue} (Anat.), the primitive, embryonic,
       undifferentiated tissue, before conversion into
       connective, muscular, nervous, or other definite tissue.
    
    
  2. \In*dif"fer*ent\, adv.
    To a moderate degree; passably; tolerably. [Obs.] ``News
    indifferent good.'' --Shak.
    
    
 
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