indifferent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj indifferent showing no care or concern in attitude or action "indifferent to the sufferings of others","indifferent to her plea"
    • adj indifferent (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed "deaf to her warnings"
    • adj indifferent (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"
    • adj indifferent marked by a lack of interest; it is simply indifferent" "an apathetic audience","the universe is neither hostile nor friendly"
    • adj indifferent neither too great nor too little "a couple of indifferent hills to climb"
    • adj indifferent being 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"
    • adj indifferent characterized by a lack of partiality "a properly indifferent jury","an unbiasgoted account of her family problems"
    • adj indifferent 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"
    • adj indifferent having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive "inert matter","an indifferent chemical in a reaction"
    • adj indifferent fairly poor to not very good "has an indifferent singing voice","has indifferent qualifications for the job"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indifferent 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."
    • Indifferent (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."
    • Indifferent Neither particularly good, not very bad; of a middle state or quality; passable; mediocre. "The staterooms are in indifferent order."
    • Indifferent Not inclined to one side, party, or choice more than to another; neutral; impartial. "Indifferent in his choice to sleep or die."
    • Indifferent 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 .""Everything in the world is indifferent but sin.""His slightest and most indifferent acts . . . were odious in the clergyman's sight."
    • adv Indifferent To a moderate degree; passably; tolerably. "News indifferent good."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • indifferent Without difference of inclination; not preferring one person or thing to another; neutral; impartial; unbiased; disinterested: as, an indifferent judge, juror, or arbitrator.
    • indifferent Feeling no interest, anxiety, or care; unconcerned; apathetic: as, a man indifferent to his eternal welfare.
    • indifferent Not making a difference; having no influence or preponderating weight; immaterial; of no account: as, it is indifferent which road we take.
    • indifferent Regarded without difference of feeling; not exciting special interest; uninteresting.
    • indifferent Falling short of any standard of excellence; of common or mediocre quality or kind; only passable or tolerable; ordinary.
    • indifferent In biology, undifferentiated; primitive; common; not specialized.
    • n indifferent One who is indifferent or apathetic.
    • n indifferent That which is indifferent or an object of indifference; that which affords no decisive ground of choice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Indifferent in-dif′ėr-ent without importance: uninteresting: of a middle quality: neutral: unconcerned
    • n Indifferent one who is indifferent or apathetic: that which is indifferent
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Quotations

  • Juan Montalvo
    Juan Montalvo
    “There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.”
  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “Real nobility is based on scorn, courage, and profound indifference.”
  • Cesare Pavese
    Cesare%20Pavese
    “Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.”
  • Anatole France
    Anatole%20France
    “I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.”
  • Peter Marshall
    Peter Marshall
    “A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.”
  • Francis Picabia
    Francis%20Picabia
    “Pain has its reasons, pleasure is totally indifferent.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. indifférent, L. indifferens,. See In- not, and Different

Usage

In literature:

He was too indifferent, or he was too confident; and either feeling she resented.
"The Bow of Orange Ribbon" by Amelia E. Barr
At any rate, the thing is a matter of indifference to me.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
A moment of pain; and you have all the happiness of sleep, indifference, forgetfulness.
"Sunrise" by William Black
The young man nodded indifferently, not feeling unduly proud of the distinction.
"Beth Norvell" by Randall Parrish
Baroudi accepted all these attentions with a magnificent indifference that had in it nothing of assumption.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Such a man must be profoundly indifferent either to despotism or to liberty.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
So it was that indifference became ferocious, and that doubt led back to fanaticism.
"The Heavenly Father" by Ernest Naville
It is quite true that reunion after many years usually ends in constraint and indifference.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
The most I can say is that their impassive exterior seems to denote a complete indifference.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Thetford was probably indifferent whether his exclamation were overheard.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
There was neither open contempt nor indifference on her face.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
Suddenly he became aware that Cardington had been talking again, and that he had shown indifferent courtesy as a listener.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
Old Black Hawk sat in silent, stolid indifference to his fate until the curious settlers began to crowd on the boat and stare at his misery.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
One of the Stevensons sneezed; the other took a lofty and supercilious attitude of indifference.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Culture is a woman, and a certain amount of indifference wins her.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
You like everyone; that is to say, you are indifferent to everyone.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
I couldn't help wondering why I went and killed people to whom I was personally quite indifferent.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
There is consolation, however, in the fact that I, too, can remain indifferent.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
The line of figures without, sitting on the fence with their feet caught under the second rail, smoked in imperturbable, masculine indifference.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
His indifference to the pretty dress had not yet ceased to annoy her.
"That Girl Montana" by Marah Ellis Ryan
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In poetry:

A start, as at one slightly known,
And with an indifferent air
We passed, without a sign being shown
That, as it real were,
A memory-acted scene had thrown
Its tragic shadow there.
"The Two Soldiers" by Thomas Hardy
Do not turn, do not lift your eyes
Toward the still pair standing
On the bridge between your properties,
Indifferent to your minding:
In its glory, in its power,
This is their hour.
"Deftly, Admiral, Cast Your Fly" by W H Auden
The same sun shining on your brow
Lustered you hair as it does now,
My heart was standing still, I vow.
I bought a stamp, my eyes were bent
Upon a ring you wore - I went
Away as if indifferent.
"Post Office Romance" by Robert W Service
The sweet attentions of a bride:
For each appealing heart's caress
In me, her heart assumed a dress
Of dull indifference; till denied
To me was all responsiveness;
And then I knew her love had died.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein
HE feigned a fine indifference
To be so prodigal of light,
Knowing his piteous twisted things
Would lose the crooked marks of spite
When only moonbeams fit the dusk
And made his wicked world seem right.
"Moonlight" by John Crowe Ransom
Behold the mighty Judgment Hall,
Where Nero with indifferent air
Remarked the pleading of St. Paul,
Nor dreamed the man before him there
Would soon be read and reverenced where
The Roman empire had no share!
"On The Palentine" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

The Good, The Bad, and The Indifferent .
Good, Bad or Indifferent .
How a generation went from indifferent to indignant .
On national TV, frustrated Ravens fans demonstrate how best to voice displeasure over sub-par officiating and NFL indifference to it — loudly and often.
Renewal talks for the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) are scheduled for May, yet the United States and other nuclear powers seem indifferent to its fate.
Iranians in particular remained indifferent.
Symptoms are an indifference to social relationships and a limited range of emotional expression.
One could be forgiven for declining to read, or being otherwise indifferent, to my numerous and varied rants against bumper stickers over the past few years.
The main show ran a little longer than two hours, and included 24 songs, most of them from the band's latest release, The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy.
What most Americans know of manga, those stylized Japanese comics , is that the stories are fantastical, edgy, and defiantly indifferent to most anyone past a certain age.
The sound of indifference .
Voters were not so much accepting of Mitt Romney's religion as indifferent.
Vietnam vets have had to bear it alone, crushed by indifference.
The Boston Celtics have displayed an indifference to offensive rebounding in recent seasons, but there's a perception that the team is also struggling on the defensive glass.
It is ironic that Herbie Hancock, a musician whose indifference to "the big blur of those guys who wrote the standards" chooses to "illuminate the cultural range of Gershwin's music" on his new record (David Hajdu, Oct 25).
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In science:

We show that independent and simultaneous SVM and logistic regression produce games in which all players are non-absolutely-indifferent except for some “degenerate” cases.
Learning the Structure and Parameters of Large-Population Graphical Games from Behavioral Data
We show that for a game with a single non-absolutely-indifferent player, the true proportion of equilibria is bounded by 3/4.
Learning the Structure and Parameters of Large-Population Graphical Games from Behavioral Data
Next, we present our bound for the true proportion of equilibria of games in which all players are non-absolutely-indifferent.
Learning the Structure and Parameters of Large-Population Graphical Games from Behavioral Data
The reduction is from the set partition problem for a specific instance of a single non-absolutely-indifferent player.
Learning the Structure and Parameters of Large-Population Graphical Games from Behavioral Data
Furthermore, assume the game G = (W, b) has a single non-absolutely-indifferent player i and absolutely-indifferent players ∀j (cid:54)= i.
Learning the Structure and Parameters of Large-Population Graphical Games from Behavioral Data
As a result of the required material frame-indifference, there exists a function ˆW defined on the space of symmetric, positive definite tensors, such that W (F ) = ˆW (C ), where C = F T F .
Effects of permeability and viscosity in linear polymeric gels
That seems to contradict to the usual formulations of material frame indifference , therefore in the following we consider specific free energy as function of microdeformation instead of the relative one: w(εij , ψ ij , partialkψ ij ).
Generic stability in dissipative generalized mechanics
No 2-generic set X can compute a set which is indifferent for X with respect to weak 1-genericity.
Logic Blog 2012
First, assume by way of contradiction that X is 2-generic and I X is an algorithm which produces an infinite set for X which is indifferent for X with respect to weak 1-genericity.
Logic Blog 2012
The terminology radial density will be used for f and ˜fk indifferently (though only ˜fk , of course, is a genuine probability density).
Rank-based optimal tests of the adequacy of an elliptic VARMA model
Thus, as a pun to Taubes’ question that Chern was quoted as asking in the previous section, we can now retort: the ADG-gravitational connection field is indifferent to different choices of differential algebras of generalized coordinates A that we employ to represent it (on E ).
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
The process of renormalization instead works indifferently of the number of parameters.
Hopf algebra approach to Feynman diagram calculations
In low perturbative orders (e.g., in all diagrams of Figs. 1–8), the topology is indifferent to the choice of the direction.
A Table of Third and Fourth Order Feynman Diagrams of the Interacting Fermion Green's Function
Decay of correlations for piecewise smooth maps with indifferent fixed points.
On the Validity of the 0-1 Test for Chaos
To avoid well-known issues in which equilibria do not exist because of infinitesimal improvements, we consider the solution concept of ǫ-Nash equilibrium, whereby agents are indifferent about outcomes whose utilities differ by at most ǫ.
Price of Anarchy for Greedy Auctions
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