disinterested

adjective
dis·​in·​ter·​est·​ed | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈin-trə-stəd How to pronounce disinterested (audio) ; -ˈin-tə-ˌre-, -tə-rə-, -tər-; -ˈin-ˌtre- \

Definition of disinterested

1a : not having the mind or feelings engaged (see engaged sense 1) : not interested telling them in a disinterested voice— Tom Wicker disinterested in women— J. A. Brussel
b : no longer interested husband and wife become disinterested in each other— T. I. Rubin
2 : free from selfish motive or interest (see interest entry 1 sense 1a) : unbiased a disinterested decision disinterested intellectual curiosity is the lifeblood of real civilization— G. M. Trevelyan

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Choose the Right Synonym for disinterested

indifferent, unconcerned, incurious, aloof, detached, disinterested mean not showing or feeling interest. indifferent implies neutrality of attitude from lack of inclination, preference, or prejudice. indifferent to the dictates of fashion unconcerned suggests a lack of sensitivity or regard for others' needs or troubles. unconcerned about the homeless incurious implies an inability to take a normal interest due to dullness of mind or to self-centeredness. incurious about the world aloof suggests a cool reserve arising from a sense of superiority or disdain for inferiors or from shyness. aloof from his coworkers detached implies an objective attitude achieved through absence of prejudice or selfishness. observed family gatherings with detached amusement disinterested implies a circumstantial freedom from concern for personal or especially financial advantage that enables one to judge or advise without bias. judged by a panel of disinterested observers

Disinterested vs. Uninterested: Usage Guide

Disinterested and uninterested have a tangled history. Uninterested originally meant impartial, but this sense fell into disuse during the 18th century. About the same time the original sense of disinterested also disappeared, with uninterested developing a new sense—the present meaning—to take its place. The original sense of uninterested is still out of use, but the original sense of disinterested revived in the early 20th century. The revival has since been under frequent attack as an illiteracy and a blurring or loss of a useful distinction. Actual usage shows otherwise. The "free from selfish interest" sense of disinterested is still its most frequent sense, especially in edited prose; it shows no sign of vanishing. Further, disinterested has developed an additional sense—"no longer interested"—perhaps influenced by the "deprive of" sense of the prefix dis-, that contrasts with uninterested. when I grow tired or disinterested in anything, I experience a disgust — Jack London, letter, 1914 Still, use of the "not interested" and "no longer interested" senses of disinterested will incur the disapproval of some who may not fully appreciate the history of this word or the subtleties of its present use.

Examples of disinterested in a Sentence

the disinterested pursuit of truth the city's philistines, naturally disinterested in art, voted to cut the museum's budget
Recent Examples on the Web After not overcoming the challenges Thursday night — nine months after drubbing a disinterested El Salvador squad by a 6-0 score, in an exhibition in Florida — the Americans will get several chances to deliver the necessary points. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2021 Abel Tesfaye) sang into a stand-up microphone for disinterested nightclub patrons. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 3 Sep. 2021 An election with disinterested or dispirited Democrats would be a doomsday scenario for the party. Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 That was huge for Crystal, who felt the teacher wrongly viewed her as a disinterested student. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, 14 June 2021 The companies label these directors as disinterested experts who act to maximize value for creditors by investigating the reasons for the bankruptcy, dealings between the company and its owner, and other matters. Alexander Gladstone, WSJ, 23 July 2021 The purpose of the constitutional amendment was to purge the redistricting process of its worst abuses by replacing interested decision makers with disinterested ones. Stephen Markman, WSJ, 25 June 2021 In the image, Chauvin has a disinterested look on his face, his sunglasses sit on top of his head, and his hand rests in his pocket. Eric Levenson, CNN, 22 Apr. 2021 In front of her, like a disinterested audience, pigeons pecked away at colorful bricks. Eric Barton, orlandosentinel.com, 11 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of disinterested

circa 1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Disinterested.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinterested. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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disinterested

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of disinterested

: not influenced by personal feelings, opinions, or concerns
: having no desire to know about a particular thing : not interested

disinterested

adjective
dis·​in·​ter·​est·​ed | \ dis-ˈin-trə-stəd How to pronounce disinterested (audio) , -ˈin-tə-rə- \

Kids Definition of disinterested

1 : not interested disinterested in sports
2 : not influenced by personal feelings or concerns a disinterested judge

disinterested

adjective
dis·​in·​ter·​est·​ed | \ dis-ˈin-tə-rəs-təd, -ˈin-trəs-, -ˈin-tə-ˌres- How to pronounce disinterested (audio) \

Legal Definition of disinterested

: free of any interest especially of a pecuniary nature : impartial a disinterested person to witness the will

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