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Definition 1: (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where indifferent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • deaf to her warnings

Synonyms for indifferent in the sense of this definition

(indifferent is similar to ...) marked by or paying little heed or attention

"We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics" "heedless of danger" "heedless of the child's crying"

Definition 2: characterized by a lack of partiality - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where indifferent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a properly indifferent jury
  • an unbiased account of her family problems

Synonyms for indifferent in the sense of this definition

(indifferent is similar to ...) showing lack of favoritism

"the cold neutrality of an impartial judge"

Definition 3: fairly poor to not very good - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where indifferent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • has an indifferent singing voice
  • has indifferent qualifications for the job

(indifferent is similar to ...) of or characteristic of low rank or importance

Definition 4: neither too great nor too little - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where indifferent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a couple of indifferent hills to climb

(indifferent is similar to ...) being within reasonable or average limits; not excessive or extreme

"moderate prices" "a moderate income" "a moderate fine" "moderate demands" "a moderate estimate" "a moderate eater" "moderate success" "a kitchen of moderate size" "the X-ray showed moderate enlargement of the heart"

Definition 5: being neither good nor bad - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where indifferent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an 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

Synonyms for indifferent in the sense of this definition

(indifferent is similar to ...) not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree

"ordinary everyday objects" "ordinary decency" "an ordinary day" "an ordinary wine"

Definition 6: showing no care or concern in attitude or action - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where indifferent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • indifferent to the sufferings of others
  • indifferent to her plea

(indifferent is similar to ...) lacking in interest or care or feeling

"the average American...is unconcerned that his or her plight is the result of a complex of personal and economic and governmental actions...beyond the normal citizen's comprehension and control" "blithely unconcerned about his friend's plight"

Definition 7: (often followed by `to') lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where indifferent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • whether you choose to do it or not is a matter that is quite immaterial (or indifferent)
  • what others think is altogether indifferent to him

Synonyms for indifferent in the sense of this definition

(indifferent is similar to ...) not important

"a relatively unimportant feature of the system" "the question seems unimportant"

Definition 8: marked by a lack of interest - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where indifferent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an apathetic audience
  • the universe is neither hostile nor friendly; it is simply indifferent

Synonyms for indifferent in the sense of this definition

(indifferent is similar to ...) not having or showing interest

"an uninterested spectator"

Definition 9: having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where indifferent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • inert matter
  • an indifferent chemical in a reaction

Synonyms for indifferent in the sense of this definition

(indifferent is similar to ...) (chemistry) not reacting chemically

(indifferent belongs to category ...) the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions

Definition 10: marked by no especial liking or dislike or preference for one thing over another - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where indifferent or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • indifferent about which book you would give them
  • was indifferent to their acceptance or rejection of her invitation

(indifferent is similar to ...) showing lack of favoritism

"the cold neutrality of an impartial judge"

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