Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Ancient Greek, 17th century
Neither harmful nor beneficial.
Examples of Adiaphorous in a sentence
"Many home remedies are adiaphorous potions, but they might offer a placebo effect."
"Kendall sees social media as adiaphorous, so he doesn’t worry about his kids being on their phones, but he would rather they spent that time reading."
“Adiaphorous” is based on the ancient Greek “ἀδιάφορος” (“adiáphoros”), meaning “indifferent.”
Did you Know?
The idea of adiaphorous concepts is associated with the ancient Greek Stoic philosophers, who split human life into categories of good, bad, and indifferent. The term for “indifferent” was “adiaphora,” and they used it to describe activities that were neither essentially good nor essentially bad. An early example of something adiaphorous is the pursuit of fame, which is neither bad in nature, nor necessarily a good thing. Stoics believed adiaphorous actions were decided as good or bad by the way one carried them out.