- 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.
Examples from the Web for disinterestedly
You spoke to me, disinterestedly, on behalf of—I needn't name him.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Lady Leonora also wished extremely, and disinterestedly, for your company.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Lucius respects my father too much for that—and too disinterestedly.The Lion's Brood
They loved and were beloved—openly, devotedly, sincerely, disinterestedly.Heart
Martin Farquhar Tupper
I asked, trying to put the question as disinterestedly as possible.Major Frank
A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
- free from bias or partiality; objective
- not interested
Word Origin and History for disinterestedly
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.