Definition of indifferent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdɪfrənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdɪfrənt//
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  1. 1[not usually before noun] indifferent (to somebody/something) having or showing no interest in somebody/something The government cannot afford to be indifferent to public opinion.
  2. 2not very good synonym mediocre an indifferent meal The festival has the usual mixture of movies—good, bad and indifferent. More Like This Words that look like opposites, but aren’t different/​indifferent, interested/​disinterested, famous/​infamous, flammable/​inflammable, savoury/​unsavoury, sensible/​insensible, valuable/​invaluableSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originlate 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’ (from the verb differre, from dis- ‘from, away’ + ferre ‘bring, carry’).Extra examples He appeared indifferent to her suffering. He was coldly indifferent to other people. Most staff were indifferent about the plans. Pat sounded almost indifferent. The festival has the usual mix of films—good, bad and indifferent. We enjoyed the day, in spite of very indifferent weather. a rather indifferent performance Anna shrugged her shoulders trying to seem indifferent. He suffered from indifferent health. Public opinion remained largely indifferent to the issue. Teammates joke about his indifferent attitude to training. They were concerned about the team’s indifferent form since the semi-final.
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