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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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