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Definition of "disinterest" [dis•in•ter•est]

  • Freedom from selfish bias or self-interest; impartiality. (noun)
  • Lack of interest; indifference. (noun)
  • To divest of interest. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "disinterest" in a sentence
  • "Downing Street have released the initial details of Prime Minister Gollum Brown's Cabinet reshuffle to awed disinterest from the world."
  • "Author James Bradley has a wonderfully in-depth review of The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham: Yet this disinterest is of a piece with the novel's desire to unsettle not by transporting the reader to a world unknown to them, but by taking the world they know and exposing the assumptions at its core."
  • "This calm disinterest is often why many organizations hire arbitrators to help negotiate contracts between say, a union and a company."