un·​in·​ter·​est·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈin-t(ə-)rə-stəd; -ˈin-tə-ˌre- How to pronounce uninterested (audio) , -ˈin-ˌtre-; -ˈin-tər- \

Definition of uninterested

: not interested : not having the mind or feelings engaged

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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 uninterested in a Sentence

the teacher decided to make a career change after having to teach yet another class of uninterested teens
Recent Examples on the Web Tabloid journalists, uninterested in art or skill, focused on Boseman’s career struggles while fighting cancer, proving again our crude media’s inability to appreciate an artist’s spiritual and historical ambitions. Armond White, National Review, "The Usable Enigma of Chadwick Boseman," 2 Sep. 2020 The Trump administration is uninterested in setting such timelines and is led by a president who does not consider climate change a serious problem. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Energy Department's new No. 2 seeks 'breakthrough' to reach low-carbon future," 20 Aug. 2020 Democrats targeted Trump’s policies as dangerous, casting him as cruel in his treatment of immigrants, uninterested in the nation’s climate crisis, and over his head on virtually all of the nation’s most pressing challenges. Will Weissert, BostonGlobe.com, "Kamala Harris seizes historic moment in accepting nomination for vice president," 19 Aug. 2020 Of course, there are just as many ways for kids to become uninterested in a topic. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, "Playing with Cars: How Kids Become Adults Obsessed with Machines," 9 Aug. 2020 The ad paints the picture of a pragmatist who, uninterested in partisanship, used connections with heads of state in Asia to secure masks during a pandemic and a national shortage. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s Cory Gardner releases first TV ad as poll shows slumping support," 16 May 2020 Robert Gelder is wholly uninterested in Carmichael’s invitation, and attempts to unmask the program for its horrific goals. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Where Does Hanna Go After Season 2’s Deadly Finale?," 3 July 2020 China appears totally uninterested in finding hers. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "America is the dispensable nation," 2 July 2020 My concerns were largely met with dismissal by leadership who were too timid to attribute my experience to discrimination and were uninterested in real change that fostered an inclusive environment. Karen Yuan, Fortune, "Black employees say performative allyship is rampant in the office," 19 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'uninterested.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of uninterested

1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of uninterested was in 1661

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“Uninterested.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uninterested. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of uninterested

: not wanting to learn more about something or become involved in something : not interested


un·​in·​ter·​est·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈin-trə-stəd, -ˈin-tə-rə- \

Kids Definition of uninterested

: not interested He was uninterested in watching the parade.

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