in·dif·fer·ent /ɪnˈdɪfɝnt, ˈdɪf(ə)rɛnt/ 形容詞
1. Not making 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 to choose 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.
In·dif·fer·ent, adv. To a moderate degree; passably; tolerably. [Obs.] “News indifferent good.”
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
3: (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay
heed; "deaf to her warnings" [syn: deaf(p), indifferent(p)]
4: (often followed by `to') lacking importance; not mattering
one way or the other; "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:
5: fairly poor to not very good; "has an indifferent singing
voice"; "has indifferent qualifications for the job"
6: 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),
10: neither too great nor too little; "a couple of indifferent
hills to climb"