good, bad, or indifferent

good, bad, or indifferent

Having a positive, negative, or null effect. Often used to pose a question about something, especially in the titles of articles. Tax Breaks for the Wealthy to Stimulate the Economy: Good, Bad, or Indifferent? The new study investigates whether this new drug is good, bad, or indifferent when it comes to treating Alzheimer's disease.
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good, bad, or indifferent

However something or someone may be, take it/him/her as they come. The phrase appears in Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy (1760–67) and is spelled out in Joel Barlow’s poem, “Hasty-Pudding” (1792): “E’en Hasty Pudding, purest of all food, May still be bad, indifferent, or good.”
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I want to suggest that the connection in this text on Good Shepherd Sunday, particularly for the clergy, is not that we are the shepherds, good, bad, or indifferent, but that we are among the sheep.
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In both works, Sextus takes the central question to be whether any things are good, bad, or indifferent by nature.
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