Indifference In*dif"fer*ence, n. [L. indifferentia similarity, lack of difference: cf. F. indiff['e]rence.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or state of being indifferent, or not making a difference; lack of sufficient importance to constitute a difference; absence of weight; insignificance. [1913 Webster]

2. Passableness; mediocrity. [1913 Webster]

3. Impartiality; freedom from prejudice, prepossession, or bias. [1913 Webster]

He . . . is far from such indifference and equity as ought and must be in judges which he saith I assign. --Sir T. More. [1913 Webster]

4. Absence of anxiety or interest in respect to what is presented to the mind; unconcernedness; as, entire indifference to all that occurs. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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