AskDefine | Define indifference

Dictionary Definition



1 unbiased impartial unconcern
2 apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions [syn: emotionlessness, impassivity, impassiveness, phlegm, stolidity, unemotionality]
3 the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally [syn: apathy, spiritlessness]
4 the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern [syn: nonchalance, unconcern]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. the state of being indifferent
  2. unbiased impartiality
  3. unemotional apathy
    His daughter's indifference towards the sexist group made him wonder if she was even human.
  4. a lack of enthusiasm
  5. unconcerned nonchalance


Extensive Definition

Indifference may refer to:
  • apathy, the lack of emotion, motivation, or enthusiasm; a psychological term for a state of indifference .
  • "Indifference " a song in the Valse Musette style. Written by Joseph Colombo and Tony Murena. Recorded by (amongst others): Tony Murena, Pouro Sinto, Big Lou's Polka Casserole, the Baguette Quartette.
  • "Indifference", a song by Moby Grape from their 1967 album Moby Grape
  • "Indifference (song)", a song by Pearl Jam from their 1993 album Vs. (Pearl Jam album)
  • "The Great Song of Indifference", a hit single by Bob Geldof from his 1990 album Vegetarians of Love.
  • Indifference curves are one way of working out the shape of the Demand curves used in microeconomic theory.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Laodiceanism, abandon, abeyance, absentmindedness, abstraction, abulia, acedia, alienation, aloofness, anxiety, anxiety equivalent, anxiety state, apathy, ataraxia, ataraxy, benumbedness, blah, blahs, boredom, callousness, careless abandon, carelessness, casualness, catalepsy, catatonia, catatonic stupor, coldness, comatoseness, compulsion, coolness, cursoriness, deadliness, deathliness, dejection, depression, detachment, disinterest, disinterestedness, dispassion, dispassionateness, disregard, disregardfulness, distraction, dormancy, drowsiness, dullness, easiness, easygoingness, elation, emotionalism, enervation, ennui, entropy, equitability, equitableness, euphoria, evenhandedness, fairishness, fairness, fatigue, flightiness, flippancy, folie du doute, forgetfulness, frivolousness, giddiness, hastiness, heartlessness, heaviness, hebetude, heedlessness, hopelessness, hypochondria, hysteria, hysterics, immateriality, impartiality, impassiveness, impassivity, impotence, imprecision, inadvertence, inadvertency, inanimation, inappetence, inattention, inattentiveness, inconsequence, inconsequentiality, inconsiderableness, inconsiderateness, inconsideration, incuriosity, incuriousness, indevotion, indevoutness, indifferentism, indifferentness, indolence, ineffectuality, inertia, inertness, inferiority, inobservance, insensibility, insignificance, insouciance, intellectual inertia, irrelevance, jadedness, lack of appetite, lack of foresight, lack of interest, lackadaisicalness, lackluster, languidness, languishment, languor, languorousness, lassitude, latency, laxity, laxness, laziness, leniency, lenitude, lentor, lethargicalness, lethargy, levity, lifelessness, lightmindedness, listlessness, littleness, looseness, loosening, lotus-eating, low priority, lukewarm piety, mania, marginality, mediocreness, mediocrity, melancholia, mental distress, middlingness, moderateness, modestness, modesty, negligence, negligibility, neutrality, nonchalance, nonobservance, nonreligiousness, numbness, objectivity, oblivion, obliviousness, obsession, offhandedness, oscitancy, overindulgence, overpermissiveness, passableness, passiveness, passivity, pathological indecisiveness, perfunctoriness, permissiveness, pettiness, phlegm, phlegmaticalness, phlegmaticness, picayune, picayunishness, plucklessness, pococurantism, pokiness, preoccupation, psychalgia, psychomotor disturbance, puniness, recklessness, regardlessness, relaxation, relaxedness, remissness, resignation, resignedness, respectability, satedness, secondariness, shallowness, slackness, sleepiness, slightness, sloppiness, sloth, slothfulness, slowness, sluggishness, smallness, softness, somnolence, sopor, soporifousness, spiritlessness, sprezzatura, spunklessness, stagnancy, stagnation, stasis, stolidity, stupefaction, stupor, superficiality, supineness, suspense, tactlessness, tediousness, thoughtlessness, tic, tolerableness, torpidity, torpidness, torpitude, torpor, triviality, twitching, unalertness, unawareness, unbiasedness, unconcern, unconsciousness, undevoutness, undutifulness, unheedfulness, unimportance, unimpressiveness, uninquisitiveness, unintentiveness, uninterestedness, unmindfulness, unnoteworthiness, unobservance, unopinionatedness, unprejudicedness, unpreparedness, unreadiness, unreligiousness, unresponsiveness, unrestraint, unsolicitousness, unsolicitude, unthinkingness, unwariness, unwatchfulness, vegetation, vis inertiae, weakness, weariness, withdrawal, withdrawnness, world-weariness
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