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Neutral, impartial; indifferent to; peripheral, irrelevant; specifically of or relating to adiaphora or religious issues not considered to be central to a particular faith; governed or guided by what is considered adiaphora.
Early 17th century. From post-classical Latin adiaphorus (in prosody, of syllables) optionally short or long, of variable quantity, (in philosophical or religious context) indifferent, (of a medicinal agent) neither harmful nor beneficial or its etymon ancient Greek ἀδιάϕορος not different, (in Stoic philosophy) indifferent, neither good nor bad, in Hellenistic Greek also (in prosody, of syllables) optionally short or long, of variable quantity + -ous. Compare German adiaphorisch, French adiaphore.
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