1. revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgment or finesse

    Synonyms : tactless
    Examples :
    • an inept remark
  2. generally incompetent and ineffectual

    Synonyms : feckless
    Examples :
    • inept handling of the account
  3. not elegant or graceful in expression

    Synonyms : awkward, clumsy, cumbersome, ill-chosen, inapt
    Examples :
    • if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?


  1. too sacred to be uttered

    Synonyms : unnameable, unspeakable, unutterable
    Examples :
    • the ineffable name of the Deity
  2. defying expression or description

    Synonyms : indefinable, indescribable, unspeakable, untellable, unutterable
    Examples :
    • ineffable ecstasy


  1. habitual intoxication; prolonged and excessive intake of alcoholic drinks leading to a breakdown in health and an addiction to alcohol such that abrupt deprivation leads to severe withdrawal symptoms

    Synonyms : alcohol addiction, alcoholism, drunkenness
    Type Of : drug addiction, white plague
  2. a temporary state resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol

    Synonyms : drunkenness, inebriety, insobriety, intoxication, tipsiness
    Type Of : temporary state


  1. tolerant or lenient

    Synonyms : lenient, soft
    Examples :
    • indulgent parents risk spoiling their children
  2. being favorably inclined

    Examples :
    • an indulgent attitude
  3. characterized by or given to yielding to the wishes of someone

    Antonyms : nonindulgent
    Examples :
    • indulgent grandparents


  1. someone who is drafted into military service

    Synonyms : conscript, draftee
    Type Of : military man, man, military personnel, serviceman
  2. a person inducted into an organization or social group

    Type Of : fellow member, member
    Examples :
    • Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth were 1936 inductees in the National Baseball Hall of Fame


  1. inactivity resulting from a dislike of work

    Synonyms : laziness
    Type Of : inactiveness, inactivity, inertia


  1. originating where it is found

    Synonyms : autochthonal, autochthonic, autochthonous, endemic
    Examples :
    • the Ainu are indigenous to the northernmost islands of Japan


  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