indifferent

If you're indifferent about something, you don't care much about it one way or another. You might feel indifferent about politics, changing the channel whenever the TV news comes on.

People seem indifferent when they're obviously unconcerned — an indifferent observer of a tennis match is clearly not rooting for either player, and an indifferent voter might choose a candidate at the last minute by flipping a coin. A slightly less common meaning of indifferent is "unbiased or impartial," which you can see in its root, the Old French indifferent, or "impartial." In this sense of the word, we all hope our laws and legal system are indifferent.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: indifferent

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adj
marked by a lack of interest
2
adj
(usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed
3
adj
fairly poor to not very good
4
adj
having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: indifferent
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adj marked by a lack of interest

“it is simply indifferent
Synonyms:
apathetic
uninterested
not having or showing interest

adj showing no care or concern in attitude or action

indifferent to the sufferings of others”
indifferent to her plea”
Synonyms
unconcerned
lacking in interest or care or feeling

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

“what others think is altogether indifferent to him”
Synonyms:
immaterial
unimportant
not important

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”
Synonyms
impartial
showing lack of favoritism

adj characterized by a lack of partiality

“a properly indifferent jury”
Synonyms:
unbiased, unbiassed
impartial
showing lack of favoritism

adj being neither good nor bad

“an indifferent performance”
“a gifted painter but an indifferent actor”
Synonyms:
so-so
ordinary
not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree

adj neither too great nor too little

“a couple of indifferent hills to climb”
Synonyms
moderate
being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme
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adj (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed

Synonyms:
deaf
heedless, unheeding
marked by or paying little heed or attention
3

adj fairly poor to not very good

“has an indifferent singing voice”
“has indifferent qualifications for the job”
Synonyms
inferior
of or characteristic of low rank or importance
4

adj having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive

“an indifferent chemical in a reaction”
Synonyms:
inert, neutral
unreactive
(chemistry) not reacting chemically
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