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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 of indifferent
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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  • He pushed away his chair, and put down his cup so indifferently that it missed the table and fell with a crash to the floor.

    The Bow of Orange Ribbon Amelia E. Barr
  • "You are welcome to your opinion," returned Robert, indifferently.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • And when the new contracts come in, the mercenary nightingales again take wing, indifferently, they care not whither.

    The Torrent Vicente Blasco Ibaez
  • For I have seen a letter of his, and indifferently worded, as poorly spelt.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Apparently the home people had welcomed the refugees, or had received them indifferently.

  • And do you breed from them all indifferently, or do you take care to breed from the best only?

    The Republic Plato
  • "See, now, how indifferently he goes past me," said the thorn-bush.

  • You say he is indifferently skilled with the sword, and, in addition, that he has a fever.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • The rider saluted politely and indifferently, and jangled on.

    Jerry Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for indifferently

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 indifferently
adv.

c.1400, from indifferent + -ly (2).

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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indifferently 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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