What does disinterested mean?

Definitions for disinteresteddɪsˈɪn təˌrɛs tɪd, -trɪ stɪd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word disinterested.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. disinterested(adj)

    unaffected by self-interest


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disinterested

    dis-in′tėr-est-ed, adj. not interested or influenced by private feelings or considerations: impartial: unselfish, generous.—adv. Disin′terestedly.—n. Disin′terestedness.—adj. Disin′teresting (obs.), not interesting. [Corr. of disinterest = disinteress'd, O. Fr. des—L. dis, neg., interessé, interested in. See Interest.]

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disinterested in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disinterested in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. G. M. Trevelyan:

    Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.

  2. Oliver Bevan:

    Playing seems to be both disinterested and passionate at the same time disinterested in that it is not for real, and passionate in the absorption it requires.

  3. Henri Frdric Amiel:

    A lively, disinterested, persistent looking for truth is extraordinarily rare. Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not to be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism or doubt.

  4. Trayvon Martin:

    I think that if we adjust those standards, we can make the federal government a better backstop - make us more a part of the process in an appropriate way to reassure the American people that decisions are made by people who are really disinterested.

  5. John F. Kennedy:

    The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nations greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.

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