"uninterested" or "disinterested"

Using prefixes in the English language economise on the number of words that you use. Two really interesting ones are “un-” and “dis-“.


  • important (adj.) – unimportant (= not important)
  • honest (adj.) – dishonest (= not honest)

However, be extra careful. The the word “interested” could be used with either “un-” or “dis-” but the meaning is not the same.

uninterested (adj.) and disinterested (adj.)

Uninterested” means not interested. On the other hand, “disinterested” means without personal involvement; in other words, fair.


  • She has an uninterested look when I showed her the latest computer. (= she’s not interested)
  • The public believes that the disinterested decisions made by the minister would benefit all. (= without personal benefits, not biased)

Posted on October 20, 2009, in Word Power and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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