"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)