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Ambivalent vs. Indifferent

June 2016
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When his wife asked him which heels she should wear, Mario was completely ambivalent. He didn’t care one way or the other.

If you have no opinion or don’t care, you’re not ambivalent; you’re indifferent. Indifferent means without interest, not caring, or apathetic.

In the “shoe” sentence above, if Mario were truly ambivalent—which means continually fluctuating between one thing and another, especially between opposites—he would have had difficulty choosing one pair over the other.

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