ambivalent vs indifferent : Common Errors in English

About ambivalent vs indifferent

If you feel pulled in two directions about some issue, you’re ambivalentabout it; but if you have no particular feelings about it, you’reindifferent.

ambivalent Meaning(s)

  • (s) uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow

indifferent Meaning(s)

  • (s) marked by a lack of interest
  • (s) showing no care or concern in attitude or action
  • (s) (usually followed by `to') unwilling or refusing to pay heed
  • (s) (often followed by `to') lacking importance; not mattering one way or the other
  • (s) fairly poor to not very good
  • (s) having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive
  • (s) marked by no especial liking or dislike or preference for one thing over another
  • (s) characterized by a lack of partiality
  • (s) being neither good nor bad
  • (s) neither too great nor too little

ambivalent in News

  1. ‘Pandora’s Promise’: Reconsidering a nuclear option (review)

    It has got to be a weird experience, for both environmentalists and supporters of nuclear power alike, to watch "Pandora's Promise." Although the documentary ultimately argues in favor of nuclear power, an energy source that's anathema to many tree huggers, it does so in a way that's less strenuous than strenuously ambivalent. In the end, its somewhat equivocal message — that nuclear power might ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The News-Herald

  2. Eli: Duke workouts “not a substitute” for Nicks and Cruz

    Giants quarterback Eli Manning was careful to hold his tongue in the early stages of Victor Cruz’s absence. But now that it’s taken up the whole OTA season, and fellow wideout Hakeem Nicks has missed it all as well, Manning sounds less ambivalent. The Giants quarterback last saw his top two receivers when he was…
    on June 7, 2013 Source: NBC Sports: ProFootballTalk

  3. Verizon, Telephony Metadata, the National Security Agency and You

    People are upset (or scared or confused or ambivalent) about the revelation that the National Security Agency is collecting information from Verizon concerning telephone calls made on its network. What does it all mean??? Let’s dive right in. So the government is listening to all my Verizon calls, right? No. Well, not according to this report that’s been dug up by The Guardian. What’s happening ...
    on June 6, 2013 Source: Techland

indifferent in News

  1. Microsoft Points to be switched to real currency of at least equal value

    Microsoft Points are something most people either hate or are indifferent to, with not many people viewing the virtual currency favorably enough to champion it as something that should stick around. As such, we’ve heard rumors for quite a while now that Microsoft planned to ditch the system, replacing it with real currency, but Points Read The Full Story
    on June 13, 2013 Source: SlashGear

  2. Surveillance Revelations Spark Lackluster Public Discord

    In all the noise and shouting over the NSA data gathering, the unspoken assumption is that the public must be outraged. But in fact, much of the public seems indifferent, and the political fallout may be less predictable than it seems.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: NPR

  3. Where's The Public Discord Over Surveillance Revelations?

    In all the noise and shouting over the NSA data gathering story, the unspoken assumption is that the public must be outraged. But in fact much of the public seems indifferent, and the political fallout may be less predictable than it seems. NPR's National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson has this assessment.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: NPR

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