uninterested

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

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The question is how long the long run is, and how news organizations can keep advertisers uninterested in addressing a readership that skews older with every passing day. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "How Warren Buffett, who says the news business is ‘toast,’ tried to kill my first paper," 4 June 2019 Trump’s mental fitness has come under scrutiny after the release of a book that portrayed him as unprepared for the presidency, incapable of processing information and uninterested in making difficult decisions. Jenna Johnson, Washington Post, "Trump’s first official physical exam could provide new clues about his health," 12 Jan. 2018 At the end of the day, Mattis proved ineffective or uninterested in preventing shocking abuses of power and flagrant immorality only to throw down over a perfectly legitimate order from the commander in chief. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There never were any “adults in the room”," 21 Dec. 2018 Abuse runs rampant and white nationalists use it to organize, but Dorsey seems either unwilling or uninterested in tackling these challenges. Parker Molloy, The Verge, "Roasting Jack Dorsey’s beard may be petty, but it’s also part of a time-honored tradition," 7 Sep. 2018 Aides said Trump has been largely uninterested in the minutiae of managing government agencies and services. Seung-min Kim, The Seattle Times, "Inside Trump’s defiance on the longest shutdown ever," 13 Jan. 2019 An incurious press corps seems largely uninterested in the appropriate size of the federal workforce. James Freeman, WSJ, "The 380,000," 8 Jan. 2019 And through the first two years of Trump’s administration, Democrats have been immensely frustrated that Republican majorities have been distinctly uninterested in investigating a great deal of seeming malfeasance. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump’s free ride from Congress just ended," 7 Nov. 2018 And elsewhere, America’s center of power kept doing business, perhaps too busy, uninterested, or preoccupied to drop everything and glue themselves to the television screens beaming out a stunning moment in U.S. history. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "A Tale of Two Cities: A Snapshot of Washington D.C. On the Historic Kavanaugh-Ford Hearing Day," 27 Sep. 2018

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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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uninterested

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

uninterested

adjective
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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