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INDIFFERENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does indifferent mean? 

INDIFFERENT (adjective)
  The adjective INDIFFERENT has 10 senses:

1. marked by a lack of interest
2. showing no care or concern in attitude or action
3. (usually followed by 'to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed
4. (often followed by 'to') lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other
5. fairly poor to not very good
6. having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive
7. marked by no especial liking or dislike or preference for one thing over another
8. characterized by a lack of partiality
9. being neither good nor bad
10. neither too great nor too little

  Familiarity information: INDIFFERENT used as an adjective is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


INDIFFERENT (adjective)


Sense 1indifferent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by a lack of interest

Synonyms:

indifferent; apathetic

Context examples:

an apathetic audience / the universe is neither hostile nor friendly; it is simply indifferent

Similar:

uninterested (not having or showing interest)


Sense 2indifferent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing no care or concern in attitude or action

Context examples:

indifferent to the sufferings of others / indifferent to her plea

Similar:

unconcerned (lacking in interest or care or feeling)


Sense 3indifferent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(usually followed by 'to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed

Synonyms:

deaf; indifferent

Context example:

deaf to her warnings

Similar:

heedless; thoughtless; unheeding (marked by or paying little heed or attention)


Sense 4indifferent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(often followed by 'to') lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other

Synonyms:

indifferent; immaterial

Context examples:

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

Similar:

unimportant (not important)


Sense 5indifferent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fairly poor to not very good

Context examples:

has an indifferent singing voice / has indifferent qualifications for the job

Similar:

inferior (of or characteristic of low rank or importance)


Sense 6indifferent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive

Synonyms:

inert; neutral; indifferent

Context examples:

inert matter / an indifferent chemical in a reaction

Similar:

unreactive (not reacting chemically)

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)


Sense 7indifferent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by no especial liking or dislike or preference for one thing over another

Context examples:

indifferent about which book you would give them / was indifferent to their acceptance or rejection of her invitation

Similar:

fair; impartial (showing lack of favoritism)


Sense 8indifferent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by a lack of partiality

Synonyms:

unbiased; unbiassed; indifferent

Context examples:

a properly indifferent jury / an unbiasgoted account of her family problems

Similar:

fair; impartial (showing lack of favoritism)


Sense 9indifferent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being neither good nor bad

Synonyms:

so-so; indifferent

Context examples:

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

Similar:

ordinary (not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree)


Sense 10indifferent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Neither too great nor too little

Context example:

a couple of indifferent hills to climb

Similar:

moderate (being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme)


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