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.

Definitions of indifferent
  1. adjective
    marked by a lack of interest
    “it is simply indifferent
    synonyms: apathetic
    not having or showing interest
  2. adjective
    showing no care or concern in attitude or action
    indifferent to the sufferings of others”
    indifferent to her plea”
    lacking in interest or care or feeling
  3. adjective
    (often followed by `to') lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other
    “what others think is altogether indifferent to him”
    synonyms: immaterial
    not important
  4. adjective
    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”
    showing lack of favoritism
  5. adjective
    characterized by a lack of partiality
    “a properly indifferent jury”
    synonyms: unbiased, unbiassed
    showing lack of favoritism
  6. adjective
    being neither good nor bad
    “an indifferent performance”
    “a gifted painter but an indifferent actor”
    synonyms: so-so
    not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree
  7. adjective
    neither too great nor too little
    “a couple of indifferent hills to climb”
    being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme
  8. adjective
    (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed
    synonyms: deaf
    heedless, unheeding
    marked by or paying little heed or attention
  9. adjective
    fairly poor to not very good
    “has an indifferent singing voice”
    “has indifferent qualifications for the job”
    of or characteristic of low rank or importance
  10. adjective
    having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive
    “an indifferent chemical in a reaction”
    synonyms: inert, neutral
    (chemistry) not reacting chemically
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