disinterest

verb
dis·in·ter·est | \(ˌ)dis-ˈin-trəst; -ˈin-tə-ˌrest, -tə-rəst, -tərst;-ˈin-ˌtrest \

Definition of disinterest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to regard something with no interest or concern

disinterest

noun

Definition of disinterest (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : lack of interest : indifference

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Examples of disinterest in a Sentence

Noun

His proposal was met with complete disinterest. since the coach has a son on the team, his disinterest in the selection of a team captain cannot be assumed

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Martial had scored three goals in three games prior to being switched to the right hand side to accommodate the Chilean, but frustratingly, Martial demonstrates his ability on the ball far too little and appears almost disinterested at times. SI.com, "Mourinho Is Right: Man Utd's Fringe Players Failed at Brighton & Some Are Not Good Enough to Stay," 6 May 2018 Yet despite all of this the Navy has offered no explanation for the events and appears disinterested in investigating the matter further. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "70 Years and Counting, the UFO Phenomenon Is as Mysterious As Ever," 2 July 2018 Specifically, the defendants say there has been no establishment that a majority of its board isn't disinterested or independent from the decision-making over the bonuses. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Directors Ask Judge to Reject Shareholder Lawsuit Over Executive Bonuses," 11 June 2018 Those stats, courtesy of CNN White House super producer Allie Malloy, are reflective of a President -- and a broader White House -- that is increasingly disinterested in answering questions from reporters in any sort of structured environment. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "MISSING: The White House press briefing," 23 May 2018 They aren’t disinterested by the prospect of a movie centered around uniquely female experiences. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Tully Points Out Hollywood's Blindspot: Men Rarely Learn A Woman's Perspective," 29 Apr. 2018 Parkland school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez was seemingly disinterested in Kanye West‘s praise of her. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Kanye West Calls Emma Gonzalez His 'Hero' — but She Dismisses It by Praising Waffle House Hero," 29 Apr. 2018 But he is singularly disinterested in shouldering the burdens that come with being a global hegemon. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump and the rest of the world offer little hope for Syrian refugees," 18 Apr. 2018 Others on Twitter weren't as convinced of the reports, with some pointing out how Bella appeared to be disinterested during The Weeknd's Coachella performance. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Weeknd and Bella Hadid Reportedly Spotted Kissing at Coachella," 16 Apr. 2018

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President Trump himself has made no secret of his disinterest in removing Assad, preferring to focus on wiping out the Islamic State and pushing back against Iranian influence. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The world learns to live with Assad in Syria," 30 May 2018 Markey turned to crime data and built on a 2004 study from the U.S. Secret Service that found similar numbers of school shooters showing disinterest in violent games. Alex Horton, chicagotribune.com, "'Active Shooter' game lets players fire on a school. Parkland parents are horrified.," 30 May 2018 Bluntly speaking, Mars retrograde means a lack of energy, low libido, disinterest in hitting the gym, and a general lethargy. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "How Mars Retrograde Will Affect Your Love Life and Career This Summer," 2 July 2018 But the president’s newfound assertiveness — and disinterest in his advisers’ counsel — has not been accompanied by any newfound diligence. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Briefing Book Includes ‘Screen Grabs of Cable-News Chyrons’," 8 June 2018 Markey turned to crime data and built on a 2004 study from the U.S. Secret Service that found similar numbers of school shooters showing disinterest in violent games. Alex Horton, chicagotribune.com, "'Active Shooter' game lets players fire on a school. Parkland parents are horrified.," 30 May 2018 Markey turned to crime data and built on a 2004 study from the U.S. Secret Service that found similar numbers of school shooters showing disinterest in violent games. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "What Parkland parents think of a new video game that lets people shoot up a school," 29 May 2018 But Duplex handled my clumsy, distracted communication with the casual disinterest of a real person. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Talking to Google Duplex: Google’s human-like phone AI feels revolutionary," 27 June 2018 Puth’s disinterest in cool actually gives him an edge. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The New Prince of Pablum," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of disinterest

Verb

1612, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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disinterest

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English Language Learners Definition of disinterest

: lack of interest

: the quality or state of not being influenced by personal feelings, opinions, or concerns

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