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- Not caring or concerned; uninterested, apathetic.
- He was indifferent to the proposal, since it didn't affect him, either way.
- Mediocre, usually used negatively in modern usage.
- The long distance and the indifferent roads made the journey impossible.
- The performance of Blue Jays has been indifferent this season.
1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, London: A[ndrew] Millar, OCLC 928184292:
- When Mrs Honour had made her report from the landlord, Sophia, with much difficulty, procured some indifferent horses, which brought her to the inn where Jones had been confined rather by the misfortune of meeting with a surgeon than by having met with a broken head.
- Sir Walter Scott
- The staterooms are in indifferent order.
- Having no preference or bias, being impartial.
- I am indifferent between the two plans.
- indifferent in his choice to sleep or die
- Not making a difference; without significance or importance.
- Even if one appliance consumes an indifferent amount of energy when left on stand-by overnight, together they can represent 10% of the electricity demand of a household.
- Dangers are to me indifferent.
- Jeremy Taylor
- Everything in the world is indifferent but sin.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
- His slightest and most indifferent acts […] were odious in the clergyman's sight.
- (mechanics) Being in the state of neutral equilibrium.
- a. 1600, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, act 4, scene 1:
- Let their heads be sleekly combed their blue coats brushed and their garters of an indifferent knit
mediocre, usually used negatively
having no preference
- (obsolete) To some extent, in some degree (intermediate between very and not at all); moderately, tolerably, fairly.
- The face of the Moon appearing to me to be full of indifferent high mountains...
- Now obsolete, but very common c. 1600-1730.
- John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989) The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, ISBN 978-0-19-861186-8.