from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being indifferent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being indifferent.
  • n. Unbiased impartiality.
  • n. Unemotional apathy.
  • n. A lack of enthusiasm.
  • n. Unconcerned nonchalance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being indifferent, or not making a difference; lack of sufficient importance to constitute a difference; absence of weight; insignificance.
  • n. Passableness; mediocrity.
  • n. Impartiality; freedom from prejudice, prepossession, or bias.
  • n. Absence of anxiety or interest in respect to what is presented to the mind; unconcernedness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being indifferent, as between persons or things; absence of prepossession or bias; impartiality.
  • n. The state of being indifferent or apathetic; the absence of definite preference or choice; want of differentiation or variation of feeling; absence of special interest; apathy; insensibility.
  • n. The character of being indifferent or immaterial; want of essential difference with respect to choice, use or non-use, etc.; immateriality; unimportance: as, the indifference of particular actions or things.
  • n. The condition of being indifferent in character or quality; a falling short of the standard of excellence; comparative mediocrity: as, the indifference of one's penmanship or work. Also indifferency.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally
  • n. unbiased impartial unconcern
  • n. apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions
  • n. the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern


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  • The liberty which we call indifference is a word without an idea — an absurdity; for this would be to determine without reason; it would be an effect without a cause.

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  • Up next here, three congressmen voicing anger, frustration, and outrage at President Bush for what they call his indifference to those imprisoned Border Patrol agents, and the president's outright arrogance.

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  • But the court did issue a stinging rebuke for what it calls their indifference to their constitutional duties.

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  • noun: the trait of seeming not to care

    In an effort to fight indifference, the president of the college introduced a new, stricter grading system.

    October 20, 2016


    In loopy links the canker crawls,

    Tads twiddle in their 'polian glee,

    Yet sinks my heart as water falls.

    The loon that laughs, the babe that bawls,

    The wedding wear, the funeral palls,

    Are neither here nor there to me.

    Of life the mingled wine and brine

    I sit and sip pipslipsily.


    February 9, 2009

  • (The protagonist of this passage has just thumped his sister for trying to sabotage one of his drawings):

    "He could only think of the grey smear on the picture. Coldness and indifference spread through him like a stain. Later he heard his father come and murmurs of conversation from the living room. Mr Thaw opened the bedroom door abruptly saying,

    'Duncan! Did you punch Ruth in the stomach?'

    'Yes. We were fighting.'

    'Look, Duncan, I'm glad you're prepared to defend yourself but you should never punch a woman in the stomach.'

    'I'm sorry. I don't know how to hurt women properly yet.'

    His father left and he lay inert, thinking of the picture."

    - 'Lanark', Alasdair Gray.

    December 2, 2007