from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Free of bias and self-interest; impartial: "disinterested scientific opinion on fluorides in the water supply” ( Ellen R. Shell).
- adj. Not interested; indifferent: "supremely disinterested in all efforts to find a peaceful solution” ( C.L. Sulzberger).
- adj. Having lost interest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Free from self-interest; unbiased by personal interest or private advantage; acting from unselfish motives.
- Not influenced or dictated by private advantage: as, a disinterested decision.
- Synonyms Unbiased, impartial, unbought, incorruptible, unselfish, dispassionate, magnanimous. Disinterested and uninterested are sometimes confounded in speech, though rarely in writing. A disinterested person takes part in or concerns himself about the affairs of others without regard to sell-interest, or to any personal benefit to be gained by his action; an uninterested one takes no interest in or is indifferent to the matter under consideration: as, a disinterested witness; an uninterested spectator.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unaffected by self-interest
From dis- + interested. (Wiktionary)