dis·​in·​ter·​est | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈin-trəst How to pronounce disinterest (audio) ; -ˈin-tə-ˌrest How to pronounce disinterest (audio) , -tə-rəst, -tərst; -ˈin-ˌtrest\
disinterested; disinteresting; disinterests

Definition of disinterest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to regard something with no interest or concern



Definition of disinterest (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : lack of interest : indifference

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Examples of disinterest in a Sentence


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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Photo: Andrew Spear for The Wall Street Journal Mr. Trump’s visit is intended to awaken local Republicans who have appeared disinterested in the August special election. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "With GOP District in Jeopardy, Trump to Stump in Ohio Special Election," 2 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile my mom will hover over the counter disinterested, examining something like a men’s gold ID bracelet through a magnifying glass. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Living Yard Sale to Yard Sale With My Mother, a Well Dressed Antique Dealer," 30 Aug. 2018 Many young men are just as unprepared for, or disinterested in, serious physical labor as women. Amanda Abrams, Curbed, "Women are the solution to the construction industry’s labor shortage," 5 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This discussion is always my greatest challenge due to what seems at first like the chronic disinterest of my young audience. Wade Davis, Good Housekeeping, "It's Time to Stop the Cycle of Shame, and Teach Boys How to Love Themselves," 30 Apr. 2019 The crowd was predictably biased against Butler, whose disinterest in staying with Minnesota triggered the trade that sent him to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless. Dave Campbell, The Seattle Times, "In Butler’s return, 76ers top Wolves 118-109," 30 Mar. 2019 Olivia has also voiced her disinterest in school multiple times. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Olivia Jade? All About the YouTuber At the Center of the College Bribery Scandal," 13 Mar. 2019 Hesitation and doubt are seen as fatal weaknesses, while disinterest is usually seen as a tactical ploy. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Eisenhower Code: Happy to Serve, Reluctant to Lead," 7 Dec. 2018 The cause was clear: While Mattress Firm was struggling with customer disinterest and costly overhead, the mattress business had been successfully disrupted. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "A breakdown of this year’s brand winners and losers.," 27 Dec. 2018 Look no further than a pathetically boring campaign that unfolded this week, to the yawns of the handful of people who followed it and the utter disinterest of the vast majority of Europe’s voters. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Europeans Wish They Had a Midterm Election," 8 Nov. 2018 But former officials expressed frustration that such confidence-building measures have been met with disinterest from the North Koreans in the past. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "What will U.S. give North Korea in exchange for nukes? Ahead of summit, question looms.," 31 May 2018 In fact, some diagnostic guidelines specify a disinterest in socializing. Maia Szalavitz, Scientific American, "Autism—It's Different in Girls," 1 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of disinterest


1612, in the meaning defined above


1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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