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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•in•ter•est•ed*dɪsˈɪn təˌrɛs tɪd, -trɪ stɪd(adj.)

  1. unbiased by personal interest or advantage; not influenced by selfish motives.

  2. not interested; indifferent.

* Syn: See fair1.Usage: disinterested was orig. used to mean “not interested, indifferent”; uninterested in its earliest use meant “impartial.” By various developmental twists, disinterested is now used in both senses; uninterested, mainly in the sense “not interested, indifferent.” Many object to the use of disinterested to mean “not interested” and continue to reserve the word strictly for the sense “impartial”: A disinterested observer is the best judge of behavior.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disinterested(adj)

    unaffected by self-interest

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. disinterested(adjective)ɪsˈɪn təˌrɛs tɪd, -trɪ stɪd

    ≠ biased

    a disinterested judge


  1. disinterested(Adjective)

    Having no stake or interest in the outcome; free of bias, impartial.

  2. disinterested(Adjective)

    Uninterested, lacking interest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disinterested(adj)

    not influenced by regard to personal interest or advantage; free from selfish motive; having no relation of interest or feeling; not biased or prejudiced; as, a disinterested decision or judge

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. disinterested

    1. Whatever is inconceivable. 2. A hypothetical ether that surrounds all forms of selfishness and naturalness. 3. That psychological interval when we look the other way before making a grab. 4. A monkey's mental attitude toward the hen.

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not influenced by private feelings or selfish motives; impartial

It would be best if we let a disinterested party decide.

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