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disinterest

verb dis·in·ter·est \ (ˌ)dis-ˈin-trəst ; -ˈin-tə-ˌrest , -tə-rəst , -tərst ; -ˈin-ˌtrest \
Updated on: 22 Apr 2018

Definition of disinterest

: to cause to regard something with no interest or concern

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disinterest

noun

Definition of disinterest

2 : lack of interest : indifference

Examples of disinterest in a Sentence

  1. His proposal was met with complete disinterest.

  2. 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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DISINTEREST Defined for English Language Learners

disinterest

Definition of disinterest for English Language Learners

  • : lack of interest

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



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