quasi-indifferent

indifferent

[in-dif-er-uhnt, -dif-ruhnt]
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; Middle English (adj.) < Latin indifferent- (stem of indifferēns). See in-3, different

indifferently, adverb
quasi-indifferent, adjective
quasi-indifferently, adverb
superindifferent, adjective
superindifferently, adverb


4. mediocre, undistinguished, uninspired, commonplace.
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indifferent (ɪnˈdɪfrənt, -fərənt)
 
adj
1.  (often foll by to) showing no care or concern; uninterested: he was indifferent to my pleas
2.  unimportant; immaterial
3.  a.  of only average or moderate size, extent, quality, etc
 b.  not at all good; poor
4.  showing or having no preferences; impartial
5.  biology
 a.  (of cells or tissues) not differentiated or specialized
 b.  (of a species) not found in any particular community
 
[C14: from Latin indifferēns making no distinction]
 
in'differently
 
adv

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indifferent
late 14c., "unbiased," from L. indifferentem (nom. indifferens) "not differing, not particular, of not consequence," from in- "not" + differens, prp. of differre "set apart" (see differ). Extended sense of "apathetic" first recorded 1519; that of "neither good nor bad" 1530s.
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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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