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’
    • ‘Boyle is not arguing in bad faith; he believes passionately in the concepts of scientific disinterest and utilitarian progress that his works promote.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As Brynor neared, he glanced at each of us in turn with the casual, detached disinterest of a scientist examining a particularly repulsive insect.’
    • ‘I watched with detached disinterest as Sean and Amber presented themselves to the audience and received their medallions from the organizers.’
    • ‘Let's bring back some healthy disinterest into governing.’
    • ‘Read the article with scientific disinterest, then reply.’
    • ‘The company went so far as to publish its own statement of disinterest in the global credential.’
    • ‘It's much more difficult to manage absolutely truthful disinterest.’
    • ‘Does the discovery and presentation of the truth require disengaged disinterest?’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is unacceptable to treat Tasmania with such apparent disinterest.’
    • ‘With my female friends, as soon as the topic shifts towards politics or current affairs, there is an obvious display of disinterest.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Health showed massive disinterest.’
    • ‘Given the buzz surrounding his latest effort, his disinterest is somewhat surprising.’
    • ‘I'm used to people looking at me in loathing or disinterest.’
    • ‘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 poll reveals a notable level of disinterest among respondents for politics as usual.’
    • ‘A hand propping up his head shows his disinterest in the conversation.’
    • ‘As a result of this cycle of mutual disinterest, young people tend to have a weaker party identification than their elders do.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I laughed rather loudly, much to her disinterest.’
    • ‘A few brave and honest voices across the political spectrum spoke up, struggling to be heard through a fog of disinterest.’
    • ‘In part it is governed by familiarity breeding disinterest, if not contempt.’
    • ‘Some people exude outright disinterest and apathy towards their country's films.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's his obvious disinterest towards talking about himself, which permeates our interview, that is the most telling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even his own Swedish media show similar disinterest.’
    • ‘Despite asking for the manager and reiterating my claim to them I was met with utter 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/