disinterested

  • 1disinterested — 1. The use of disinterested to mean ‘uninterested’, although not a problem to Fowler (1926), is a keyword in current debates about correct usage. Those who rage most furiously are not always aware, however, that the word has changed its principal …

    Modern English usage

  • 2disinterested — dis·in·ter·est·ed /dis in tə rəs təd, in trəs , in tə ˌres / adj: free of any interest esp. of a pecuniary nature: impartial a disinterested person to witness the will Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3Disinterested — Dis*in ter*est*ed, a. [Cf. {Disinteressed}.] 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. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4disinterested — UK US /dɪˈsɪntrəstɪd/ adjective ► someone who is disinterested will receive no personal advantage from a situation, so their advice or a decision relating to it will probably be fair: »Determination must be made by disinterested trustees or… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 5disinterested — 1610s, unconcerned, the sense we now would ascribe to UNINTERESTED (Cf. uninterested), with the sense of impartial going to disinteressed (c.1600). See DIS (Cf. dis ) + INTEREST (Cf. interest). Modern sense of disinterested is first attested… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6disinterested — ► ADJECTIVE 1) not influenced by considerations of personal advantage; impartial. 2) having or feeling no interest. DERIVATIVES disinterestedly adverb disinterestedness noun. USAGE There is a difference between disinterested and uninterested …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7disinterested — uninterested, detached, aloof, unconcerned, *indifferent, incurious Analogous words: dispassionate, unbiased, impartial, *fair, just: *neutral, negative Antonyms: interested: prejudiced, biased …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8disinterested — [adj] detached, uninvolved aloof, candid, casual, dispassionate, equitable, even handed, impartial, impersonal, incurious, indifferent, just watching the clock*, lackadaisical, negative, neutral, nonpartisan, not giving a damn*, outside,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9disinterested — [dis in′trəs tid, disint′ər əs tid] adj. 1. not influenced by personal interest or selfish motives; impartial; unbiased 2. uninterested; indifferent: this usage, a revival of an obsolete meaning, is objected to by some SYN. INDIFFERENT… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10disinterested — adjective Date: circa 1612 1. a. not having the mind or feelings engaged ; not interested < telling them in a disinterested voice Tom Wicker > < disinterested in women J. A. Brussel > b. no longer interested < husband and wife become&#8230; …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11disinterested — [[t]dɪsɪ̱ntrəstɪd[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is disinterested is not involved in a particular situation or not likely to benefit from it and is therefore able to act in a fair and unselfish way. The current sole superpower is far from being a …

    English dictionary

  • 12disinterested — adjective 1) disinterested advice Syn: unbiased, unprejudiced, impartial, neutral, nonpartisan, detached, uninvolved, objective, dispassionate, impersonal, clinical; open minded, fair, just, equitable, balanced, evenhanded …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13disinterested — disinterestedly, adv. disinterestedness, n. /dis in teuh res tid, tri stid/, adj. 1. unbiased by personal interest or advantage; not influenced by selfish motives: a disinterested decision by the referee. 2. not interested; indifferent. [1605 15; …

    Universalium

  • 14disinterested — adjective 1 able to judge a situation fairly because you are not concerned with gaining any personal advantage from it; objective 2 (1): disinterested advice 2 sometimes used to mean uninterested , although many people think this is wrong&#8230; …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15disinterested — dis•in•ter•est•ed [[t]dɪsˈɪn təˌrɛs tɪd, trɪ stɪd[/t]] adj. 1) unbiased by personal interest or advantage; not influenced by selfish motives 2) not interested; indifferent • Etymology: 1605–15 dis•in′ter•est ed•ly, adv. dis•in′ter•est ed•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16disinterested — dis|in|ter|est|ed [ dıs ıntrəstəd ] adjective 1. ) not involved in something and therefore able to judge it fairly: IMPARTIAL: a disinterested witness and observer disinterested advice 2. ) not interested. Many people think that this use of the&#8230; …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17disinterested — adjective 1》 not influenced by considerations of personal advantage; impartial. 2》 having or feeling no interest or concern. Derivatives disinterestedly adverb disinterestedness noun Origin C17: past participle of the rare verb disinterest rid of …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 18disinterested — UK [dɪsˈɪntrəstɪd] / US [dɪsˈɪntrəstəd] adjective 1) not involved in something and therefore able to judge it fairly a disinterested witness and observer disinterested advice 2) not interested. Many people think that this use of the word is not&#8230; …

    English dictionary

  • 19disinterested — /dɪsˈɪntrəstəd / (say dis intruhstuhd) adjective 1. unbiased by personal involvement or advantage; not influenced by selfish motives: *He … would become cynical, bitter, and sceptical of there being any disinterested good in human nature. –miles&#8230; …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 20disinterested — adjective a) Uninterested, lacking interest. How dis interested are they in all Worldly matters, since they fling their Wealth and Riches into the Sea. b) Having no stake or interest in the outcome; free of bias, impartial. Robin took to&#8230; …

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