Adjective "indifferent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having no particular interest or sympathy; unconcerned.
  1. 'most workers were indifferent to foreign affairs'
  2. 'The third threat level is constituted by political systems that are indifferent to the expressed interests of the majority of the world's population.'
  3. 'This may mean the person gives up interests and hobbies or is indifferent to social conventions and to the opinions of others.'
  4. 'Our tolerant attitude is often little more than lack of interest or disbelief; we are as indifferent to our own beliefs as to those of others.'
  5. 'A bit of parliamentary mayhem might attract the interest of voters who are now entirely indifferent to what goes on at Holyrood.'
  6. 'His manner was cold and indifferent to the plight of the boy before him.'
  7. 'While hardware vendors whine about the levy, consumers seem fairly indifferent.'
  8. 'Bloggers can express themselves in a number of ways: from contrary to confessional, indifferent to impassioned.'
  9. 'Positive, negative, and indifferent reactions were fairly equally common, especially at the timeof the experience.'
  10. 'I was rather indifferent to it at the time, but twenty years on, it sounds fresh and original.'
  11. 'He leaned on his hands and shrugged, indifferent to Curt's attitude.'
Neither good nor bad; mediocre.
  1. 'What we definitely did see was indifferent bowling and fielding in the first half, and indifferent batting in the second.'
  2. 'All over Britain, amateur dramatics societies are putting on shows throughout the year - some good, some bad, some plain indifferent.'
  3. 'After being the surprise package of last season, it would be fair to say that it's been an indifferent start this time round for the team.'
  4. 'The photographs are of indifferent quality, the layout and design clumsy and amateurish.'
  5. 'For such a naturally gifted spinner of the ball, he had a disappointing Test career, taking 121 wickets at an indifferent average of 37.'
  6. 'And this time round he has indifferent designers and inferior actors.'
  7. 'His indifferent first touch denied him a second.'
  8. 'The company's finance director said 2003 was a mixed year with an indifferent first six months leading to a stronger second half.'
  9. 'Out of this, he has constructed a play with a rather limp beginning, a mildly interesting middle, and an indifferent conclusion.'
  10. 'in spite of very indifferent weather'
  11. 'We have all got to know our fair share of weather good, bad and mostly indifferent, if it's summer in the UK.'
  12. 'The opera was indifferent, but fairly successful with public.'
  13. 'The summer's indifferent weather was threatening profit forecasts.'
  14. 'He was a city boy, always had been, and his riding skills were fairly indifferent.'


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 matterin

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be indifferent to visits."

"citizens can be indifferent to visits."

"people can be indifferent to people."

"markets can be indifferent to releases."

"voters can be indifferent about things."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘having no partiality for or against’): via Old French from Latin indifferent- ‘not making any difference’, from in- ‘not’ + different- ‘differing’ (see different).