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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.

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. John Quincy Adams:

    Of the two great political parties which have divided the opinions and feelings of our country, the candid and the just will now admit that both have contributed splendid talents, spotless integrity, ardent patriotism, and disinterested sacrifices to the formation and administration of this Government, and that both have required a liberal indulgence for a portion of human infirmity and error.

  2. 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.

  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. Katie Harley -LRB- right -RRB-:

    Eliza does not have any teeth, so she basically gummed at it for like maybe 30 seconds, then she was disinterested.

  5. John F. Kennedy, Amherst College, Oct 26, 1963 - Source JFK Library, Boston, Mass.:

    The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's 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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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. caddie
    • B. descant
    • C. aberrate
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