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indifferent

[in-dif-er-uh nt, -dif-ruh nt] /ɪnˈdɪf ər ənt, -ˈdɪf rənt/
adjective
1.
without interest or concern; not caring; apathetic:
his indifferent attitude toward the suffering of others.
2.
having no bias, prejudice, or preference; impartial; disinterested.
3.
neither good nor bad in character or quality; average; routine:
an indifferent specimen.
4.
not particularly good, important, etc.; unremarkable; unnotable:
an indifferent success; an indifferent performance.
5.
of only moderate amount, extent, etc.
6.
not making a difference, or mattering, one way or the other.
7.
immaterial or unimportant.
8.
not essential or obligatory, as an observance.
9.
making no difference or distinction, as between persons or things:
indifferent justice.
10.
neutral in chemical, electric, or magnetic quality.
11.
Biology. not differentiated or specialized, as cells or tissues.
noun
12.
an ethically or morally indifferent act.
13.
a person who is indifferent, especially in matters of religion or politics.
adverb
14.
Archaic. indifferently:
I am indifferent well.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (adj.) < Latin indifferent- (stem of indifferēns). See in-3, different
Related forms
indifferently, adverb
quasi-indifferent, adjective
quasi-indifferently, adverb
superindifferent, adjective
superindifferently, adverb
Synonyms
4. mediocre, undistinguished, uninspired, commonplace.
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  • Good, bad or indifferent this is a basic truth that begins at born and develops as experience grows.
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  • He is indifferent to the poorly behaved dogs that bark or take an aggressive stance towards him.
  • The schedule was indifferent to your needs and the destinations were pointless.
  • It renders the sufferer indifferent to or incapable of experiencing any of the vitality that permeated his or her life.
  • For days the ship had pushed on, bullishly indifferent to its surroundings.
  • He was hardly indifferent to the success he could achieve, but it was not a matter of profit alone.
  • To a scrappy new work, though, the world is still generally cold and indifferent.
  • By overwhelming margins, they either disapprove or are remarkably indifferent.
  • It also certainly has the effect of bringing indifferent citizens to the polls on election day.
British Dictionary definitions for indifferent

indifferent

/ɪnˈdɪfrənt; -fərənt/
adjective
1.
(often foll by to) showing no care or concern; uninterested: he was indifferent to my pleas
2.
unimportant; immaterial
3.
  1. of only average or moderate size, extent, quality, etc
  2. not at all good; poor
4.
showing or having no preferences; impartial
5.
(biology)
  1. (of cells or tissues) not differentiated or specialized
  2. (of a species) not found in any particular community
Derived Forms
indifferently, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin indifferēns making no distinction
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Word Origin and History for indifferent
adj.

late 14c., "unbiased," from Old French indifferent "impartial" or directly from Latin indifferentem (nominative indifferens) "not differing, not particular, of not consequence, neither good nor evil," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + differens, present participle of differre "set apart" (see differ). Extended sense of "apathetic" first recorded early 15c.; that of "neither good nor bad" 1530s, on notion of "neither more nor less advantageous."

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indifferent in Medicine

indifferent in·dif·fer·ent (ĭn-dĭf'ər-ənt, -dĭf'rənt)
adj.

  1. Characterized by a lack of partiality; unbiased.

  2. Not active or involved; neutral.

  3. Undifferentiated, as cells or tissue.

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