- unbiased by personal interest or advantage; not influenced by selfish motives: a disinterested decision by the referee.
- not interested; indifferent.
Origin of disinterested
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Many object to the use of disinterested to mean “not interested, indifferent.” They insist that disinterested can mean only “impartial”: A disinterested observer is the best judge of behavior. However, both senses are well established in all varieties of English, and the sense intended is almost always clear from the context.
- absence of interest; indifference.
- to divest of interest or concern.
Origin of disinterest
Examples from the Web for disinterested
If our school system fails to teach how our country works, should we be surprised so many are disinterested?Baseball’s Problem Is Politics’ Problem
November 4, 2014
Edge, one of the most inventive guitarists in rock history, comes off as disinterested.U2 Generously Gives Us a Lousy Album, Sucks at the Corporate Teat
September 13, 2014
Add to that a disinterested public that fails to turn out on Election Day, and citizens are getting the government they deserve.Powerbroker Richard Ravitch Thinks New York Might Be Doomed
April 26, 2014
Neither he nor the Sanford Police Department were disinterested observers.George Zimmerman Video Outrage: Where Are Injuries From Travyon Fight?
March 29, 2012
But if one person's channel surfing and the other's disinterested, go right ahead and browse.The 12 Rules of Sex and Tech
Brian Ries, Claire Howorth
November 14, 2010
In all this he has been upright, disinterested and conscientious in word and deed.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
She knew, only too well, that Althea's invitation to dinner had not been disinterested.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Exactly; just as I maintain all that is honorable and disinterested.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
Disinterested virtue is first suspected and then viewed with incredulity.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
A most noble and disinterested achievement, and worthy of all commendation.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
- free from bias or partiality; objective
- not interested
- freedom from bias or involvement
- lack of interest; indifference
- (tr) to free from concern for personal interests
Word Origin and History for disinterested
1610s, "unconcerned," the sense we now would ascribe to uninterested, with the sense of "impartial" going to disinteressed (c.1600). See dis- + interest. Modern sense of disinterested is first attested 1650s. As things now stand, disinterested means "free from personal bias," while uninterested means "caring nothing for the matter in question." Related: Disinterestedly; disinterestedness.