Definition of apathetic in English:



  • Showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern.

    ‘an apathetic electorate’
    • ‘I don't think people are as apathetic as they seem, but it's hard to tell.’
    • ‘Indifferent, apathetic, she has no reason to think her life will improve.’
    • ‘I found my players were paceless, apathetic and not really up for the challenge.’
    • ‘Despite her uncaring appearance, apathetic tone, and collected posture, I could see the real change in her.’
    • ‘Today's young people are said to be the most apathetic generation ever.’
    • ‘The adults must be prevented from getting bored, depressed and apathetic.’
    • ‘Have they inspired and mobilised people who were previously apathetic about the plight of refugees?’
    • ‘The task at next year's Scottish elections is not only to win a majority but to arouse the enthusiasm of a generally apathetic public.’
    • ‘She's reluctant to suggest that women are staying away from the polling booths because they're merely apathetic.’
    • ‘Like a reformed smoker, he is the more zealous because until recently he was the archetypal apathetic customer.’
    • ‘Furthermore, filling up on fatty foods like bacon or cheese makes you tired, lethargic and apathetic.’
    • ‘The shareholders had also been shown to be apathetic in protecting their interests.’
    • ‘Politicians (those few of an idealistic bent) complain that people are too apathetic.’
    • ‘I spent too much time just coasting and doing nothing and being really apathetic and indifferent.’
    • ‘Her friend seemed so apathetic and listless she wanted to shake her.’
    • ‘While students in the 1960s were famed for their radicalism, students of today are labelled as apathetic.’
    • ‘The tigers paced desperately and the gorillas and chimps seemed listless and apathetic.’
    • ‘At a time when apathetic youngsters are the hot topic of political debate, he is the exception that proves the rule.’
    • ‘As consumers, we have the power to refuse pop music that lulls us into numb, apathetic sleep.’
    • ‘Or is it just that we have become overly apathetic and that doing anything about all it just seems too hard?’
    uninterested, indifferent, unconcerned, unmoved, unresponsive, impassive, passive, detached, uninvolved, disinterested, unfeeling, unemotional, emotionless, dispassionate, lukewarm, cool, uncaring, half-hearted, lackadaisical, non-committal
    listless, lethargic, languid, phlegmatic, torpid, supine, inert
    bored, unmotivated, unambitious
    laodicean, pococurante
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Mid 18th century: from apathy, on the pattern of pathetic.