disinterested / uninterested

   Disinterested is an adjective that means "unbiased or impartial": Since she had nothing at stake, she was a disinterested party in the matter.
   Uninterested means "not interested": Anita Job was just uninterested in the offer.

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  • disinterested, uninterested — Disinterested means impartial, unbiased, not influenced by selfish motives. Uninterested suggests aloofness, indifference, or lack of interest. Say The judge rendered a disinterested verdict and The judge was uninterested in the courtroom… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • disinterested, uninterested —     Gerulaitis, after appearing almost disinterested in the first set, took a 5 1 lead in the second (New York Times). A participant in a tennis match might appear uninterested, but he would be unlikely to be disinterested, which means neutral… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

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

  • disinterested — 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

  • uninterested — See disinterested. See disinterested, uninterested …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • uninterested — un|in|terest|ed [ʌnˈıntrıstıd] adj not interested →↑disinterested uninterested in ▪ He was uninterested in politics …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • disinterested — See disinterested, uninterested …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • disinterested — 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

  • disinterested — 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

  • disinterested — ► 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

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