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not interested, uncaring, apathetic, indifferent
Not to be confused with:
disinterested – unbiased by personal interest; not influenced by selfish motives; impartial; neutral
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 (ŭn-ĭn′trĭ-stĭd, -tər-ĭ-stĭd, -tə-rĕs′tĭd)
Not interested in something; having no interest.

un·in′ter·est·ed·ly adv.
Usage Note: The word uninterested, which properly means "taking no interest, not interested," is sometimes used to mean "not favoring either side, unprejudiced," where one would expect to see disinterested instead. The Usage Panel roundly disapproved of this usage in our 2001 survey, with 96 percent rejecting the sentence Every historian ought to be extremely uninterested; he ought neither to praise nor to blame those he speaks of. See Usage Note at disinterested.
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(ʌnˈɪntrɪstɪd; -tərɪs-)
indifferent; unconcerned
unˈinterestedly adv
unˈinterestedness n
Usage: See at disinterested
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(ʌnˈɪn tər ə stɪd, -trə stɪd, -təˌrɛs tɪd)

1. having or showing no feeling of interest; indifferent.
2. not personally concerned in something.
un•in′ter•est•ed•ly, adv.
un•in′ter•est•ed•ness, n.
usage: See disinterested.
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1. 'disinterested'

You use disinterested to describe someone who is not involved in a situation and can therefore make fair decisions or judgements about it.

I'm a disinterested observer.

Some people also use disinterested to say that someone is not interested in something or someone.

Her mother had always been disinterested in her.
2. 'uninterested'

However, this use is often regarded as incorrect. Instead of 'disinterested', it is better to say uninterested.

Lionel was uninterested in the house.
Etta appeared totally uninterested.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.uninterested - not having or showing interestuninterested - not having or showing interest; "an uninterested spectator"
interested - having or showing interest; especially curiosity or fascination or concern; "an interested audience"; "interested in sports"; "was interested to hear about her family"; "interested in knowing who was on the telephone"; "interested spectators"
2.uninterested - having no care or interest in knowinguninterested - having no care or interest in knowing; "she appeared totally uninterested"
incurious - showing absence of intellectual inquisitiveness or natural curiosity; "strangely incurious about the cause of the political upheaval surrounding them"
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2. Lacking interest in one's surroundings or worldly affairs:
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[ʌnˈɪntrɪstɪd] ADJ (= indifferent) → indiferente, desinteresado
I am quite uninterested in what he thinksme es igual or indiferente lo que piensa
to be uninterested in a subjectno tener interés en un tema
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[ʌnˈɪntrəstɪd ʌnˈɪntrɪstɪd] adjindifférent(e)
to be uninterested in sth → être indifférent(e) à qch
I was completely uninterested in the results → J'étais complètement indifférent aux résultats., Les résultats m'étaient complètement indifférents.
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adjdesinteressiert, interesselos; to be uninterested in somethingan etw (dat)nicht interessiert sein
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[ʌnˈɪntrɪstɪd] adj (person, attitude) → indifferente
to be uninterested in politics → non interessarsi di politica
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(anˈintristid) adjective
not having or showing any interest. I told him the news but he seemed uninterested.
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References in classic literature ?
They seemed rather uninterested. They had, in truth, seen all this before; the only thing that was new to them being Harker's testimony.
But she did not want to appear unamiable and uninterested, so she had brought forth newspapers, which she spread upon the floor of the gallery, and under Madame Ratignolle's directions she had cut a pattern of the impervious garment.
The uninterested and perplexed faces of the marshals showed that they were puzzled as to what Balashev's tone suggested.
I sought out the few friends I knew who might be able to get me work; but they were either uninterested or unable to find anything for me.
She watched Nutty with a cold and uninterested eye as he opened his mouth feebly, shut it again and reopened it; and then when it became apparent that these manoeuvres were about to result in speech, she left him and walked quickly down the drive again.
For instance, a gentleman may stake, say, five or ten louis d'or--seldom more, unless he is a very rich man, when he may stake, say, a thousand francs; but, he must do this simply for the love of the game itself--simply for sport, simply in order to observe the process of winning or of losing, and, above all things, as a man who remains quite uninterested in the possibility of his issuing a winner.
And the man was uninterested, pulling stolidly away at his pipe, in the darkness following upon the third match.
Archibald Craven, who lived at Misselthwaite Manor, she looked so stony and stubbornly uninterested that they did not know what to think about her.
Other people uninterested in the sermon found relief in the beetle, and they eyed it too.
In the presence of two women scrutinizing her as if they suspected her of being there with no good purpose, a male passenger admiring her a little further off, her maid reading Trefusis's newspapers just out of earshot, an uninterested country gentleman looking glumly out of window, a city man preoccupied with the "Economist," and a polite lady who refrained from staring but not from observing, she felt that she must not make a scene; yet she knew he had not come there to hold an ordinary conversation.
Tulkinghorn in his methodical, subdued, uninterested way, "first, whether you have any of Captain Hawdon's writing?"
Is it due to excess of poetry or of stupidity that we are never weary of describing what King James called a woman's "makdom and her fairnesse," never weary of listening to the twanging of the old Troubadour strings, and are comparatively uninterested in that other kind of "makdom and fairnesse" which must be wooed with industrious thought and patient renunciation of small desires?