Disinterested means “impartial” or “not taking sides.” (In other words, not having a personal interest at stake.) Uninterested means “not interested.” (In other words, not showing any interest.) Correct: A good referee should be disinterested. (He does not take sides.) Incorrect: He was disinterested in Jill’s hobby. Correct: He was uninterested in Jill’s hobby. (He
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