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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Indifferent  \In*dif"fer*ent\,  a.  [F.  indiff['e]rent,  L. 
  indifferens.  See  {In-}  not  and  {Different}.] 
  1.  Not  mal?ing  a  difference;  having  no  influence  or 
  preponderating  weight;  involving  no  preference,  concern, 
  or  attention;  of  no  account;  without  significance  or 
  importance. 
 
  Dangers  are  to  me  indifferent.  --Shak. 
 
  Everything  in  the  world  is  indifferent  but  sin. 
  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  His  slightest  and  most  indifferent  acts  .  .  .  were 
  odious  in  the  clergyman's  sight.  --Hawthorne. 
 
  2.  Neither  particularly  good,  not  very  bad  of  a  middle  state 
  or  quality;  passable;  mediocre. 
 
  The  staterooms  are  in  indifferent  order  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  3.  Not  inclined  to  one  side  party,  or  choice  more  than  to 
  another;  neutral;  impartial. 
 
  Indifferent  in  his  choice  to  sleep  or  die. 
  --Addison. 
 
  4.  Feeling  no  interest,  anxiety,  or  care  respecting 
  anything  unconcerned;  inattentive;  apathetic;  heedless; 
  as  to  be  indifferent  to  the  welfare  of  one's  family. 
 
  It  was  a  law  of  Solon,  that  any  person  who  in  the 
  civil  commotions  of  the  republic,  remained  neuter, 
  or  an  indifferent  spectator  of  the  contending 
  parties,  should  be  condemned  to  perpetual 
  banishment.  --Addison. 
 
  5.  (Law)  Free  from  bias  or  prejudice;  impartial;  unbiased; 
  disinterested. 
 
  In  choice  of  committees  for  ripening  business  for 
  the  counsel,  it  is  better  indifferent  persons  than 
  to  make  an  indifferency  by  putting  in  those  that  are 
  strong  on  both  sides.  --Bacon. 
 
  {Indifferent  tissue}  (Anat.),  the  primitive,  embryonic, 
  undifferentiated  tissue,  before  conversion  into 
  connective,  muscular,  nervous,  or  other  definite  tissue. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Indifferent  \In*dif"fer*ent\,  adv 
  To  a  moderate  degree;  passably;  tolerably.  [Obs.]  ``News 
  indifferent  good.''  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  indifferent 
  adj  1:  marked  by  a  lack  of  interest;  "an  apathetic  audience";  "the 
  universe  is  neither  hostile  nor  friendly;  it  is  simply 
  indifferent"  [syn:  {apathetic}] 
  2:  showing  no  care  or  concern  in  attitude  or  action 
  "indifferent  to  the  sufferings  of  others";  "indifferent  to 
  her  plea" 
  3:  (usually  followed  by  `to')  unwilling  or  refusing  to  pay 
  heed;  "deaf  to  her  warnings"  [syn:  {deaf(p)},  {indifferent(p)}] 
  4:  lacking  importance;  not  mattering  one  way  or  the  other 
  often  followed  by  "to";  "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"  [syn:  {immaterial}] 
  5:  fairly  poor  to  not  very  good;  "has  an  indifferent  singing 
  voice";  "has  indifferent  qualifications  for  the  job" 
  6:  (chemistry)  having  only  a  limited  ability  to  react 
  chemically;  not  active;  "inert  matter";  "an  indifferent 
  chemical  in  a  reaction"  [syn:  {inert},  {neutral}] 
  7:  marked  by  no  especial  liking  or  dislike  or  preference  for 
  one  thing  over  another;  "indifferent  about  which  book  you 
  would  give  them";  "was  indifferent  to  their  acceptance  or 
  rejection  of  her  invitation" 
  8:  characterized  by  a  lack  of  partiality;  "a  properly 
  indifferent  jury";  "an  unbiased  account  of  her  family 
  problems"  [syn:  {unbiased},  {unbiassed}] 
  9:  neither  good  nor  bad  "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"  [syn:  {passable},  {so-so(p)}, 
  {tolerable}] 
  10:  neither  too  great  nor  too  little;  "a  couple  of  indifferent 
  hills  to  climb" 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  INDIFFERENT,  adj  Imperfectly  sensible  to  distinctions  among  things 
 
  "You  tiresome  man!"  cried  Indolentio's  wife, 
  "You've  grown  indifferent  to  all  in  life." 
  "Indifferent?"  he  drawled  with  a  slow  smile; 
  "I  would  be  dear,  but  it  is  not  worth  while." 
  Apuleius  M.  Gokul 
 
 




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