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English adjective: indifferent

1. indifferent marked by a lack of interest


SamplesAn apathetic audience.
The universe is neither hostile nor friendly; it is simply indifferent.


Synonymsapathetic


Similaruninterested


Antonymsinterested

2. indifferent showing no care or concern in attitude or action


SamplesIndifferent to the sufferings of others.
Indifferent to her plea.


Similarunconcerned


Antonymsconcerned

3. indifferent (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed


SamplesDeaf to her warnings.


Synonymsdeaf


Similarheedless, unheeding


Antonymsheedful, paying attention, attentive, thoughtful

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


SamplesWhether you choose to do it or not is a matter that is quite immaterial (or indifferent).
What others think is altogether indifferent to him.


Synonymsimmaterial


Similarunimportant


Antonymsimportant, of import

5. indifferent fairly poor to not very good


SamplesHas an indifferent singing voice.
Has indifferent qualifications for the job.


Similarinferior


Antonymssuperior

6. indifferent having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive


SamplesInert matter.
An indifferent chemical in a reaction.


Synonymsinert, neutral


Similarunreactive


Domain categorychemical science, chemistry


Antonymsreactive

7. indifferent marked by no especial liking or dislike or preference for one thing over another


SamplesIndifferent about which book you would give them.
Was indifferent to their acceptance or rejection of her invitation.


Similarimpartial


Antonymspartial

8. indifferent characterized by a lack of partiality


SamplesA properly indifferent jury.
An unbiasgoted account of her family problems.


Synonymsunbiased, unbiassed


Similarimpartial


Antonymspartial

9. indifferent being neither good nor bad


SamplesAn 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.


Synonymsso-so


Similarordinary


Antonymsextraordinary

10. indifferent neither too great nor too little


SamplesA couple of indifferent hills to climb.


Similarmoderate


Antonymsimmoderate









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