ambivalent vs indifferent :


  • s  uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow
    was ambivalent about having children

  • s  marked by a lack of interest; it is simply indifferent"
  • s  showing no care or concern in attitude or action
    indifferent to the sufferings of others
    indifferent to her plea
  • 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
    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
  • s  fairly poor to not very good
    has an indifferent singing voice
    has indifferent qualifications for the job
  • s  having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive
    an indifferent chemical in a reaction
  • s  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
  • s  characterized by a lack of partiality
    a properly indifferent jury
  • s  being neither good nor bad
    an indifferent performance
    a gifted painter but an indifferent actor
  • s  neither too great nor too little
    a couple of indifferent hills to climb
News & Articles

  • Tom Harbold: Reserve force could prove beneficial
    I am, to say the least, ambivalent about the proposal recently advanced as part of the county commissioners’ “Second Amendment Preservation Resolution” to consider the creation and deployment of reserve resources to assist the Sheriff’s Office in the event of threats to public safety, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, power grid failure, terrorist attacks or public unrest.
    June 17, 2013 - Carroll County Times
  • Survey says: Residents less comfortable reporting crime
    Hawaii County residents are less comfortable calling the police to report a crime than they were four years ago, and many are ambivalent about the Hawaii County Police Department’s ability to serve community needs, according to survey results the department released Thursday. Just under 64 percent of the 370 people who responded either agreed or strongly agreed they felt comfortable reporting a ...
    June 15, 2013 - West Hawaii Today
  • Ozzimo sets sights on Cal Poly soccer
    Nipomo High School’s 2013 female athlete of the year previously expressed ambivalence about continuing her athletic career after high school. But Cristina Ozzimo is ambivalent no more. She will try to walk on to the Cal Poly women’s soccer team.
    June 14, 2013 - The Adobe Press

  • Taxis, ride-share companies compete for business
    City should ease taxi regulations Seattle allows only 688 taxis to operate, even as the population grows. If the city had the same regulatory approach to coffee, there would be only a few dozen Starbucks locations in Seattle, each charging $20 for a lukewarm latte from an indifferent barista in a sh
    June 21, 2013 - Seattle Times
  • Instrumental Trend: Fad or New Era?
    There is a new band known as Sound Cinema that seems to be unaware or indifferent to the linear progression of Rock n’ Roll. They will be performing at the Mutiny in Chicago on Friday June, 21. (PRWeb June 20, 2013) Read the full story at
    June 20, 2013 - PRWeb
  • Firms Take 10 Hours to Spot Data Breaches, Mcafee Finds
    The average organization believes it would spot a data breach in ten hours, a McAfee global survey of IT professionals has found. But is that result good, indifferent or an indication of the downright complacent?
    June 18, 2013 - CIO