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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Indifference  \In*dif"fer*ence\,  n.  [L.  indifferentia  similarity, 
  want  of  difference:  cf  F.  indiff['e]rence.] 
  1.  The  quality  or  state  of  being  indifferent,  or  not  making  a 
  difference;  want  of  sufficient  importance  to  constitute  a 
  difference;  absence  of  weight;  insignificance. 
 
  2.  Passableness;  mediocrity. 
 
  3.  Impartiality;  freedom  from  prejudice,  prepossession,  or 
  bias. 
 
  He  .  .  .  is  far  from  such  indifference  and  equity  as 
  ought  and  must  be  in  judges  which  he  saith  I  assign. 
  --Sir  T.  More 
 
  4.  Absence  of  anxiety  or  interest  in  respect  to  what  is 
  presented  to  the  mind;  unconcernedness;  as  entire 
  indifference  to  all  that  occurs. 
 
  Indifference  can  not  but  be  criminal,  when  it  is 
  conversant  about  objects  which  are  so  far  from  being 
  of  an  indifferent  nature,  that  they  are  highest 
  importance.  --Addison. 
 
  Syn:  Carelessness;  negligence;  unconcern;  apathy; 
  insensibility;  coldness;  lukewarmness. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  indifference 
  n  1:  unbiased  impartial  unconcern 
  2:  apathy  demonstrated  by  an  absence  of  emotional  reactions 
  [syn:  {emotionlessness},  {impassivity},  {impassiveness},  {phlegm}, 
  {stolidity},  {unemotionality}] 
  3:  the  trait  of  lacking  enthusiasm  for  or  interest  in  things 
  generally  [syn:  {apathy},  {spiritlessness}] 
  4:  the  trait  of  remaining  calm  and  seeming  not  to  care  a 
  casual  lack  of  concern  [syn:  {nonchalance},  {unconcern}] 




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