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uninterested

[uhn-in-ter-uh-stid, -truh-stid, -tuh-res-tid] /ʌnˈɪn tər ə stɪd, -trə stɪd, -təˌrɛs tɪd/
adjective
1.
having or showing no feeling of interest; indifferent.
2.
not personally concerned in something.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; un-1 + interested
Related forms
uninterestedly, adverb
uninterestedness, noun
Can be confused
disinterested, uninterested (see usage note at disinterested)
Synonyms
2. unconcerned.
Usage note
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Examples for uninterested
  • At the other extreme is the candidate who seems uninterested.
  • Wiry stems make the plants less subject to breakage than petunias, and tobacco budworms seem uninterested in foliage and flowers.
  • He was impulsive and uninterested in work or family.
  • But many are unavailable, unhelpful, and uninterested in anyone's work but their own.
  • Some may also be uninterested in formal political representation.
  • Nor was it the case that students were uninterested in the programme.
  • So it may be asking a lot of clubs to market an obviously uninterested sector.
  • The public, which had been largely uninterested in the shenanigans to that point, was revolted.
  • Those who read this book now are uninterested in expanding their knowledge with things that would remind one of school learning.
  • She veers wildly from being impatient, uninterested and unable to concentrate on anything for.
British Dictionary definitions for uninterested

uninterested

/ʌnˈɪntrɪstɪd; -tərɪs-/
adjective
1.
indifferent; unconcerned
Derived Forms
uninterestedly, adverb
uninterestedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uninterested
adj.

1640s, "unbiased," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of interest. It later meant "disinterested" (1660s); sense of "unconcerned, indifferent" is recorded from 1771. This is the correct word for what often is miscalled disinterested.

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