Uninterested vs disinterested

Posted on 11 February 2014 by Lucy Gregory

Is there a difference between uninterested and disinterested? Absolutely! And you don’t want to get them muddled up.

Uninterested means not interested in something. You might, for example, be uninterested in the Sochi Olympics or the office gossip.

Disinterested means impartial or unbiased. A management consultant might be brought into a business to give disinterested strategic advice.

In other words, a disinterested person does not have a stake in the situation or will not gain personally from it.