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Definition of "disinterested" []

  • Free of bias and self-interest; impartial: "disinterested scientific opinion on fluorides in the water supply” ( Ellen R. Shell). (adjective)
  • Not interested; indifferent: "supremely disinterested in all efforts to find a peaceful solution” ( C.L. Sulzberger). (adjective)
  • Having lost interest. (adjective)

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 "disinterested" in a sentence
  • "He had never till now called upon me to make the shadow of a return for all his disinterested love -- _disinterested_, ah, was it so?"
  • "The first of these defines aesthetic appreciation as _disinterested interest, _ gratuitously identifying self-interest with the practical pursuit of advantages we have not yet got; and overlooking the fact that such appreciation implies enjoyment and is so far the very reverse of disinterested."
  • "By the term disinterested I mean detached from ulterior objects."