1. characterized by a lack of partiality

    Synonyms : unbiased, unbiassed
    Examples :
    • a properly indifferent jury
  2. (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed

    Synonyms : deaf
  3. (often followed by `to') lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other

    Synonyms : immaterial
    Examples :
    • 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
  4. marked by a lack of interest

    Synonyms : apathetic
    Examples :
    • the universe is neither hostile nor friendly; it is simply indifferent
  5. being neither good nor bad

    Synonyms : so-so
    Examples :
    • an indifferent performance
    • a gifted painter but an indifferent actor
  6. having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive

    Synonyms : inert, neutral
    Examples :
    • an indifferent chemical in a reaction
  7. fairly poor to not very good

    Examples :
    • has an indifferent singing voice
    • has indifferent qualifications for the job
  8. marked by no especial liking or dislike or preference for one thing over another

    Examples :
    • indifferent about which book you would give them
    • was indifferent to their acceptance or rejection of her invitation
  9. neither too great nor too little

    Examples :
    • a couple of indifferent hills to climb
  10. showing no care or concern in attitude or action

    Examples :
    • indifferent to the sufferings of others
    • indifferent to her plea


  1. cannot be removed or erased

    Synonyms : unerasable
    Examples :
    • an indelible stain
    • indelible memories


  1. not prominent or readily noticeable

    Synonyms : invisible
    Antonyms : conspicuous
    Examples :
    • he pushed the string through an inconspicuous hole


  1. lacking worth or importance

    Synonyms : inconsequent
    Examples :
    • his work seems trivial and inconsequential
  2. not following logically as a consequence


  1. lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness

    Antonyms : congruous
    Examples :
    • a plan incongruous with reason
    • incongruous behavior
    • a joke that was incongruous with polite conversation


  1. unable to express yourself clearly or fluently

    Synonyms : tongue-tied
    Examples :
    • incoherent with grief
  2. without logical or meaningful connection

    Antonyms : coherent
    Examples :
    • a turgid incoherent presentation
  3. (physics) of waves having no stable definite or stable phase relation

    Antonyms : coherent


  1. (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)

    Synonyms : angle of inclination
    Type Of : angle
  2. an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

    Synonyms : disposition, tendency
    Type Of : attitude, mental attitude
    Examples :
    • he had an inclination to give up too easily
  3. (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees

    Synonyms : inclination of an orbit
    Type Of : angle
  4. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

    Synonyms : lean, leaning, list, tilt
    Type Of : position, spatial relation
    Examples :
    • he walked with a heavy inclination to the right
  5. a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect

    Synonyms : tendency
    Type Of : disposition
    Examples :
    • the alkaline inclination of the local waters
  6. (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon

    Synonyms : angle of dip, dip, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination
    Type Of : angle
  7. the act of inclining; bending forward

    Synonyms : inclining
    Type Of : motion, move, movement, motility
    Examples :
    • an inclination of his head indicated his agreement
  8. that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

    Antonyms : disinclination
    Type Of : liking
    Examples :
    • her inclination is for classical music


  1. only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

    Synonyms : inchoate
    Examples :
    • incipient civil disorder
    • an incipient tumor


  1. uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

    Synonyms : ceaseless, constant, never-ending, perpetual, unceasing, unremitting
    Examples :
    • night and day we live with the incessant noise of the city


  1. a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect

    Synonyms : conjuration
    Type Of : charm, magic spell, magical spell, spell