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
He had never till now called upon me to make the shadow of a return for all his disinterested love -- _disinterested_, ah, was it so?
The first of these defines aesthetic appreciation as _disinterested interest, _ gratuitously identifying self-interest with the practical pursuit of advantages we have not yet got; and overlooking the fact that such appreciation implies enjoyment and is so far the very reverse of disinterested.
By the term disinterested I mean detached from ulterior objects.
Boyd had looked away, his expression disinterested.
Moreover, Mr Webb's point about what he calls disinterested management -- that is to say, the management of banks by officers whose remuneration bears no relation to the profit made on each piece of business transacted -- is one of the matters in which English banking seems likely at least to be modified.
-- Hence the value we attach, in the exercise of all the affections, to what we call disinterested conduct, -- to him who does good by stealth, or who performs acts of exalted justice, generosity, or forbearance, under circumstances which exclude every idea of a selfish motive, -- or when self-interest and personal feeling are strongly and obviously opposed to them.
Congress has shown itself to be serially disinterested is such matters.
What we call disinterested, however, super-cats might call aimless.
It may refer, for instance, to the state of being free of prejudice or bias, to being "disinterested" - a word that in turn means almost the opposite of "uninterested."
Jacob – disinterested is exactly the word I was groping for but couldn’t find thank you!
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.