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Definition of disinterested adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//dɪsˈɪntəˌrɛstəd//
    , NAmE//dɪsˈɪntrɛstəd//
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  1. 1not influenced by personal feelings, or by the chance of getting some advantage for yourself synonym impartial, objective, unbiased a disinterested onlooker/spectator Her advice appeared to be disinterested.
  2. 2(informal) not interested Which Word?interested / interesting / uninterested / disinterested / uninteresting The opposite of interested is uninterested or not interested:He is completely uninterested in politics. I am not really interested in politics. Disinterested means that you can be fair in judging a situation because you do not feel personally involved in it:A lawyer can give you disinterested advice.However, in speech it is sometimes used instead of uninterested, although this is thought to be incorrect. The opposite of interesting can be uninteresting:The food was bland and uninteresting.It is more common to use a different word such as dull or boring.
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