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Origin of disinterested
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.
verb (used with object)
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?
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|Hampton Stevens|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Josh Robin|April 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Neither he nor the Sanford Police Department were disinterested observers.George Zimmerman Video Outrage: Where Are Injuries From Travyon Fight?|Jesse Singal|March 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But if one person's channel surfing and the other's disinterested, go right ahead and browse.
One was an active and disinterested appeal to the gondoliers to be a little less modern in their costume.A Voyage of Consolation|Sara Jeannette Duncan
So far, these measures might be interpreted as marks of pure and disinterested affection for the soul of the departed.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)|Sir James George Frazer
Baruch fulfilled his task in a disinterested manner worthy of his great son.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
"She is ever generous and disinterested," replied the young chief.The Fair Maid of Perth|Sir Walter Scott
And so that was my reward for an act of disinterested kindness.
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.