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Definitions for disinterested
dɪsˈɪn təˌrɛs tɪd, -trɪ stɪddis·in·ter·est·ed

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disinterestedadjective

    unaffected by self-interest


  1. disinterestedadjective

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

  2. disinterestedadjective

    Uninterested, lacking interest.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Disiinterestedadjective

    Superior to regard of private advantage; not influenced by private profit.

    Etymology: from disinterest.

    My lord, as disinterested as you appear to the world, I am convinced, that no man is more in the power of prevailing favourite passion than yourself. Jonathan Swift.


  1. disinterested

    Disinterested generally refers to someone who is not influenced by personal motives or emotions; objective, impartial, or unbiased. It can also mean having no interest or involvement in something; indifferent or uninvolved.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disinterestedadjective

    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.

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  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

Examples of disinterested in a Sentence

  1. Scott C. Holstad:

    pictures of life grinding to a halt decorating walls movement in dead motion limbs askew mouths stretched wide in motionless scream. art as we see it – feeling it’s another story. so does art imitate life or does life imitate A—R—T and where does it end – on cold walls before disinterested observers?

  2. Oswald Chambers:

    Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand, and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors, that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please.

  3. 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.

  4. G. M. Trevelyan:

    Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.

  5. John Avlon:

    Theres a palpable lack of excitement in the streets of New York. Three quarters of New Yorkers dont want him to run, one of the big problems of Bill de Blasio is he is not showing up to work. He comes in late. He doesnt come in at all. He seems utterly disinterested in the job of running Americas largest big city. Again, this is somebody who has been underwater often in the polls in a city thats 6 to 1 Democrat.

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