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 for indifferent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Indifferent \In*dif"fer*ent\, a. [F. indiff['e]rent, L.
     indifferens. See In- not, and Different.]
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     1. Not making a difference; having no influence or
        preponderating weight; involving no preference, concern,
        or attention; of no account; without significance or
        importance.
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              Dangers are to me indifferent.        --Shak.
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              Everything in the world is indifferent but sin.
                                                    --Jer. Taylor.
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              His slightest and most indifferent acts . . . were
              odious in the clergyman's sight.      --Hawthorne.
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     2. Neither particularly good, not very bad; of a middle state
        or quality; passable; mediocre.
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              The staterooms are in indifferent order. --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     3. Not inclined to one side, party, or choice more than to
        another; neutral; impartial.
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              Indifferent in his choice to sleep or die.
                                                    --Addison.
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     4. Feeling no interest, anxiety, or care, respecting
        anything; unconcerned; inattentive; apathetic; heedless;
        as, to be indifferent to the welfare of one's family.
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              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.
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     5. (Law) Free from bias or prejudice; impartial; unbiased;
        disinterested.
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              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.
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     Indifferent tissue (Anat.), the primitive, embryonic,
        undifferentiated tissue, before conversion into
        connective, muscular, nervous, or other definite tissue.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Indifferent \In*dif"fer*ent\, adv.
     To a moderate degree; passably; tolerably. [Obs.] "News
     indifferent good." --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  indifferent
      adj 1: marked by a lack of interest; "an apathetic audience";
             "the universe is neither hostile nor friendly; it is
             simply indifferent" [syn: apathetic, indifferent]
      2: showing no care or concern in attitude or action;
         "indifferent to the sufferings of others"; "indifferent to
         her plea"
      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:
         immaterial, indifferent]
      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; chemically
         inactive; "inert matter"; "an indifferent chemical in a
         reaction" [syn: inert, indifferent, 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 unbiasgoted account of her family
         problems" [syn: indifferent, unbiased, unbiassed]
      9: 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" [syn: indifferent, so-so(p)]
      10: neither too great nor too little; "a couple of indifferent
          hills to climb"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  253 Moby Thesaurus words for "indifferent":
     Laodicean, Olympian, airy, aloof, apathetic, average, backward,
     balking, balky, benumbed, betwixt and between, blah, blase, bored,
     by-the-way, callous, careless, casual, centrist, chill, cold,
     comatose, commonplace, cool, cursory, dead, degage, desensitized,
     detached, devil-may-care, dilatory, dilute, diluted, disinterested,
     dispassionate, disregardant, disregardful, distant, distracted,
     distrait, dull, easy, easygoing, emotionless, equitable, even,
     evenhanded, everyday, fade, fair, fair to middling, fairish,
     fervorless, fifty-fifty, flat, flavorless, flippant, forgetful,
     free and easy, frigid, glacial, grudging, gruelly, half-and-half,
     halfhearted, heartless, hebetudinous, heedless, hopeless, icy,
     immaterial, impartial, impassive, impersonal, impotent, imprecise,
     in a stupor, inadvertent, inane, inappreciable, inattentive,
     inconsequential, inconsiderate, incurious, independent,
     indevotional, indevout, indifferentist, inferior, inobservant,
     insensible, insensitive, insignificant, insipid, insouciant,
     intermediate, jejune, just, lackadaisical, lackluster, laggard,
     languid, lax, lazy, lenient, lethargic, lightweight, listless,
     loath, loose, lukewarm, mean, mediocre, medium, middling, midway,
     mild, milk-and-water, mindless, minor, moderate, modest,
     namby-pamby, negligent, neuter, neutral, nonaligned, nonchalant,
     noncommitted, nonobservant, nonpartisan, nonreligious, not bad,
     nugatory, numb, numbed, objective, oblivious, of a kind, of a sort,
     of sorts, offhand, on the fence, ordinary, overindulgent,
     overpermissive, pappy, passable, passive, perfunctory, permissive,
     phlegmatic, pluckless, pococurante, poor, pulpy, reckless,
     regardless, relaxed, reluctant, remiss, remote, removed, renitent,
     resigned, respectable, respectless, restive, sapless, savorless,
     slack, slight, slipshod, sloppy, slow, slow to, sluggish, so so,
     so-so, soft, soporific, spiceless, spiritless, spunkless, stale,
     stoic, stolid, stupefied, supine, tactless, tasteless, tedious,
     tepid, thin, third-force, third-world, thoughtless, tolerable,
     torpid, trifling, trivial, unbiased, uncaring, uncommitted,
     uncompassionate, unconcerned, undazzled, undevout, undiplomatic,
     undistinguished, undutiful, unemotional, unenthusiastic, unfeeling,
     unflavored, unheedful, unheeding, unimportant, uninfluenced,
     uninquiring, uninspired, uninterested, uninvolved, unjaundiced,
     unmarking, unmindful, unnoticing, unnoting, unobservant,
     unobserving, unprejudiced, unprepared, unprepossessed, unready,
     unreligious, unremarking, unrestrained, unsavory, unsolicitous,
     unswayed, unsympathetic, untactful, unthinking, unzealous, vapid,
     washy, watered, watered-down, watery, weak, wishy-washy, withdrawn,
     zealless
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  INDIFFERENT. To have no bias nor partiality. 7 Conn. 229. A juror, an 
  arbitrator, and a witness, ought to be indifferent, and when they are not 
  so, they may be challenged. See 9 Conn. 42. 
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  INDIFFERENT, adj.  Imperfectly sensible to distinctions among things.
  
      "You tiresome man!" cried Indolentio's wife,
      "You've grown indifferent to all in life."
      "Indifferent?" he drawled with a slow smile;
      "I would be, dear, but it is not worth while."
                                                       Apuleius M. Gokul
  

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