disinterested

[ dis-in-tuh-res-tid, -tri-stid ]SEE DEFINITION OF disinterested
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In all this he has been upright, disinterested and conscientious in word and deed.

She knew, only too well, that Althea's invitation to dinner had not been disinterested.

Exactly; just as I maintain all that is honorable and disinterested.

Disinterested virtue is first suspected and then viewed with incredulity.

A most noble and disinterested achievement, and worthy of all commendation.

M—— is assuredly the most disinterested and the truest of friends.

Does it mean that you are beginnin' to doubt the disinterested part?

To a disinterested observer the scene might have had some elements of farce comedy.

But your disinterested warning has determined me to go to this rendezvous.

And now she was to receive the reward of disinterested affection.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, "unconcerned," the sense we now would ascribe to uninterested, with the sense of "impartial" going to disinteressed (c.1600). See dis- + interest. Modern sense of disinterested is first attested 1650s. As things now stand, disinterested means "free from personal bias," while uninterested means "caring nothing for the matter in question." Related: Disinterestedly; disinterestedness.

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