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. Henry James, "The Ambassadors", Book Ninth, Chapter 2:

    She had fortunately always her appetite for news. The pure flame of the disinterested burned in her cave of treasures as a lamp in a Byzantine vault.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

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