Disinterested and Uninterested

What is the difference between disinterested and uninterested?

Disinterested means impartial.
Uninterested means not interested.

Disinterested and Uninterested

The words disinterested and uninterested do not mean the same thing; i.e., they are not synonyms.


Disinterested means not taking sides or impartial. It is usually used to describe a person with no personal benefit at stake.


Uninterested means not interested. It is the consequence of something being uninteresting (i.e., boring or uneventful).

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A Referee Is Disinterested

This sentence may help you to remember that disinterested means impartial:
An impartial (or disinterested) referee

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