Definition of disinterest in US English:

disinterest

noun

  • 1The state of not being influenced by personal involvement in something; impartiality.

    ‘I do not claim any scholarly disinterest with this book’
    • ‘Read the article with scientific disinterest, then reply.’
    • ‘Americans can participate in this process - though it has been a long time now, we have acted with disinterest and imagination before.’
    • ‘In fact, I think the word I'm looking for is disinterest, in the sense of impartiality.’
    • ‘The company went so far as to publish its own statement of disinterest in the global credential.’
    • ‘Let's bring back some healthy disinterest into governing.’
    • ‘Boyle is not arguing in bad faith; he believes passionately in the concepts of scientific disinterest and utilitarian progress that his works promote.’
    • ‘As Brynor neared, he glanced at each of us in turn with the casual, detached disinterest of a scientist examining a particularly repulsive insect.’
    • ‘Does the discovery and presentation of the truth require disengaged disinterest?’
    • ‘It's much more difficult to manage absolutely truthful disinterest.’
    • ‘I watched with detached disinterest as Sean and Amber presented themselves to the audience and received their medallions from the organizers.’
    impartiality, neutrality, objectivity, detachment, disinterestedness, lack of bias, lack of prejudice
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  • 2Lack of interest in something.

    ‘he chided Dennis for his disinterest in anything that is not his own idea’
    • ‘A hand propping up his head shows his disinterest in the conversation.’
    • ‘In part it is governed by familiarity breeding disinterest, if not contempt.’
    • ‘This combination of disinterest and absolute power slowly cripples the actual goal of having an easily accessible and open network available.’
    • ‘Students gave many reasons for their disinterest.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Health showed massive disinterest.’
    • ‘The poll reveals a notable level of disinterest among respondents for politics as usual.’
    • ‘Some people exude outright disinterest and apathy towards their country's films.’
    • ‘Another aspect of the issue was the disinterest of people in Australia in the observations of those who had had extensive recent experience of Thailand and its neighbours.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's his obvious disinterest towards talking about himself, which permeates our interview, that is the most telling.’
    • ‘As a result of this cycle of mutual disinterest, young people tend to have a weaker party identification than their elders do.’
    • ‘Despite asking for the manager and reiterating my claim to them I was met with utter disinterest.’
    • ‘A few brave and honest voices across the political spectrum spoke up, struggling to be heard through a fog of disinterest.’
    • ‘I laughed rather loudly, much to her disinterest.’
    • ‘I'm used to people looking at me in loathing or disinterest.’
    • ‘With my female friends, as soon as the topic shifts towards politics or current affairs, there is an obvious display of disinterest.’
    • ‘A new generation is growing up with no memory of military rule, but it is too early to say for sure whether that will translate to anything more than disinterest.’
    • ‘Given the buzz surrounding his latest effort, his disinterest is somewhat surprising.’
    • ‘Even his own Swedish media show similar disinterest.’
    • ‘That's because the fault lies with the education system and so one will have to look deep down and find out what's causing this disinterest and hatred towards academics.’
    • ‘It is unacceptable to treat Tasmania with such apparent disinterest.’
    indifference, lack of interest, lack of curiosity, lack of concern, lack of care, lack of enthusiasm, dispassionateness, dispassion, impassivity
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Pronunciation

disinterest

/disˈint(ə)rəst//dɪsˈɪnt(ə)rəst/