Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Indiscriminate adjective Not discriminate; wanting discrimination; undistinguishing; not making any distinction; confused; promiscuous. "Blind or indiscriminate forgiveness." I. Taylor.

The indiscriminate defense of right and wrong.
Junius.

-- In`dis*crim"i*nate*ly , adverb Cowper.

Indiscriminating adjective Not discriminating. -- In`dis*crim"i*na`ting*ly , adverb

Indiscrimination noun Want of discrimination or distinction; impartiality. Jefferson.

Indiscriminative adjective Making no distinction; not discriminating.

Indiscussed adjective [ Prefix in- not + discuss : confer Latin indiscussus .] Not discussed. [ Obsolete] Donne.

Indispensability noun [ Confer French indispensabilité .] Indispensableness.

Indispensable adjective [ Prefix in- not + dispensable : confer French indispensable .]


1. Not dispensable; impossible to be omitted, remitted, or spared; absolutely necessary or requisite.

2. (Eccl.) Not admitting dispensation; not subject to release or exemption. [ R.]

The law was moral and indispensable .
Bp. Burnet.

3. Unavoidable; inevitable. [ Obsolete] Fuller.

Indispensableness noun The state or quality of being indispensable, or absolutely necessary. S. Clarke.

Indispensably adverb In an indispensable manner. " Indispensably necessary." Bp. Warburton.

Indispersed adjective Not dispersed. [ R.]

Indispose transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Indisposed ; present participle & verbal noun Indisposing .] [ Middle English indispos indisposed, feeble, or French indisposé indisposed. See In- not, and Dispose .]


1. To render unfit or unsuited; to disqualify.

2. To disorder slightly as regards health; to make somewhat. Shak.

It made him rather indisposed than sick.
Walton.

3. To disincline; to render averse or unfavorable; as, a love of pleasure indisposes the mind to severe study; the pride and selfishness of men indispose them to religious duties.

The king was sufficiently indisposed towards the persons, or the principles, of Calvin's disciples.
Clarendon.

Indisposedness noun The condition or quality of being indisposed. [ R.] Bp. Hall.

Indisposition noun [ Confer French indisposition .]


1. The state of being indisposed; disinclination; as, the indisposition of two substances to combine.

A general indisposition towards believing.
Atterbury.

2. A slight disorder or illness.

Rather as an indisposition in health than as any set sickness.
Hayward.

Indisputability noun [ Confer French indisputabilité .] Indisputableness.

Indisputable adjective [ Prefix in- not + disputable : confer French indisputable .] Not disputable; incontrovertible; too evident to admit of dispute.

Syn. -- Incontestable; unquestionable; incontrovertible; undeniable; irrefragable; certain; positive; undoubted; sure; infallible.

-- In*dis"pu*ta*ble*ness , noun -- In*dis"pu*ta*bly , adverb

Indisputed adjective Undisputed.

Indissipable adjective Incapable o... being dissipated.

Indissolubility noun [ Confer French indissolubilité .] The quality or state of being indissoluble.

Indissoluble adjective [ Latin indissolubilis : confer French indissoluble . See In- not, and Dissoluble , and confer Indissolvable .]


1. Not dissoluble; not capable of being dissolved, melted, or liquefied; insoluble; as, few substances are indissoluble by heat, but many are indissoluble in water. Boyle.

2. Incapable of being rightfully broken or dissolved; perpetually binding or obligatory; firm; stable, as, an indissoluble league or covenant.

To the which my duties
Are with a most indissoluble tie
Forever knit.
Shak.

Indissolubleness noun Indissolubility. Sir M. Hale.

Indissolubly adverb In an indissoluble manner.

On they move, indissolubly firm.
Milton.

Indissolvable adjective [ Prefix in- not + dissolvable . Confer Indissoluble .] Not dissolvable; incapable of being dissolved or separated; incapable of separation; perpetually firm and binding; indissoluble; as, an indissolvable bond of union. Bp. Warburton.

Indissolvableness noun Indissolubleness.

Indistancy noun Want of distance or separation; nearness. [ Obsolete] Bp. Pearson.

Indistinct (ĭn`dĭs*tĭnkt") adjective [ Latin indistinctus : confer French indistinct . See In- not, and Distinct .]


1. Not distinct or distinguishable; not separate in such a manner as to be perceptible by itself; as, the indistinct parts of a substance. " Indistinct as water is in water." Shak.

2. Obscure to the mind or senses; not clear; not definite; confused; imperfect; faint; as, indistinct vision; an indistinct sound; an indistinct idea or recollection.

When we come to parts too small four our senses, our ideas of these little bodies become obscure and indistinct .
I. Watts.

Their views, indeed, are indistinct and dim.
Cowper.

Syn. -- Undefined; indistinguishable; obscure; indefinite; vague; ambiguous; uncertain; confused.

Indistinctible adjective Indistinguishable. [ Obsolete] T. Warton.

Indistinction noun [ Confer French indistinction .] Want of distinction or distinguishableness; confusion; uncertainty; indiscrimination.

The indistinction of many of the same name . . . hath made some doubt.
Sir T. Browne.

An indistinction of all persons, or equality of all orders, is far from being agreeable to the will of God.
Sprat.

Indistinctive adjective Having nothing distinctive; common. -- In`dis*tinc"tive*ness , noun

Indistinctly adverb In an indistinct manner; not clearly; confusedly; dimly; as, certain ideas are indistinctly comprehended.

In its sides it was bounded distinctly, but on its ends confusedly and indistinctly .
Sir I. Newton.

Indistinctness noun The quality or condition of being indistinct; want of definiteness; dimness; confusion; as, the indistinctness of a picture, or of comprehension; indistinctness of vision.

Indistinguishable adjective Not distinguishable; not capable of being perceived, known, or discriminated as separate and distinct; hence, not capable of being perceived or known; as, in the distance the flagship was indisguishable ; the two copies were indisguishable in form or color; the difference between them was indisguishable .

Indistinguishably adverb In a indistinguishable manner. Sir W. Scott.

Indistinguished adjective Indistinct. [ R.] "That indistinguished mass." Sir T. Browne.

Indistinguishing adjective Making no difference; indiscriminative; impartial; as, indistinguishing liberalities. [ Obsolete] Johnson.

Indisturbance noun Freedom from disturbance; calmness; repose; apathy; indifference.

Inditch transitive verb To bury in, or cast into, a ditch. Bp. Hall.

Indite transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Indited ; present participle & verbal noun Inditing .] [ Middle English enditen to indite, indict, Old French enditer to indicate, show, dictate, write, inform, and endicter to accuse; both from Late Latin indictare to show, to accuse, from Latin indicere to proclaim, announce; prefix in- in + dicere to say. The word was influenced also by Latin indicare to indicate, and by dictare to dictate. See Diction , and confer Indict , Indicate , Dictate .]


1. To compose; to write; to be author of; to dictate; to prompt.

My heart is inditing a good matter.
Ps. xlv. 1.

Could a common grief have indited such expressions?
South.

Hear how learned Greece her useful rules indites .
Pope.

2. To invite or ask. [ Obsolete]

She will indite him to some supper.
Shak.

3. To indict; to accuse; to censure. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Indite intransitive verb To compose; to write, as a poem.

Wounded I sing, tormented I indite .
Herbert.

Inditement noun [ Confer Indictment .] The act of inditing. Craig.

Inditer noun One who indites. Smart.

Indium noun [ New Latin See Indigo .] (Chemistry) A rare metallic element, discovered in certain ores of zinc, by means of its characteristic spectrum of two indigo blue lines; hence, its name. In appearance it resembles zinc, being white or lead gray, soft, malleable and easily fusible, but in its chemical relation it resembles aluminium or gallium. Symbol In. Atomic weight, 113.4.

Indivertible (ĭn`dĭ*vẽrt"ĭ*b'l) adjective Not to be diverted or turned aside. [ R.] Lamb.

Individable adjective Indivisible. [ R.] Shak.

Individed adjective Undivided. [ R.] Bp. Patrick.

Individual adjective [ Latin individuus indivisible; prefix in- not + dividuus divisible, from dividere to divide: confer French individuel . See Divide .]


1. Not divided, or not to be divided; existing as one entity, or distinct being or object; single; one; as, an individual man, animal, or city.

Mind has a being of its own, distinct from that of all other things, and is pure, unmingled, individual substance.
A. Tucker.

United as one individual soul.
Milton.

2. Of or pertaining to one only; peculiar to, or characteristic of, a single person or thing; distinctive; as, individual traits of character; individual exertions; individual peculiarities.

Individual noun
1. A single person, animal, or thing of any kind; a thing or being incapable of separation or division, without losing its identity; especially, a human being; a person. Cowper.

An object which is in the strict and primary sense one, and can not be logically divided, is called an individual .
Whately.

That individuals die, his will ordains.
Dryden.

2. (Zoology) (a) An independent, or partially independent, zooid of a compound animal. (b) The product of a single egg, whether it remains a single animal or becomes compound by budding or fission.

Individualism noun [ Confer French individualisme .]


1. The quality of being individual; individuality; personality.

2. An excessive or exclusive regard to one's personal interest; self-interest; selfishness.

The selfishness of the small proprietor has been described by the best writers as individualism .
Ed. Rev.

Individualism noun The principle, policy, or practice of maintaining individuality, or independence of the individual, in action; the theory or practice of maintaining the independence of individual initiative, action, and interests, as in industrial organization or in government.

Individualistic adjective Of or pertaining to the individual or individualism. London Athenæum.

Individuality noun ; plural Individualities . [ Confer French individualité .]


1. The quality or state of being individual or constituting an individual; separate or distinct existence; oneness; unity. Arbuthnot.

They possess separate individualities .
H. Spencer.

2. The character or property appropriate or peculiar to an individual; that quality which distinguishes one person or thing from another; the sum of characteristic traits; distinctive character; as, he is a person of marked individuality .