Word Choice: Disinterested or Uninterested?

When two words look or sound similar, or when their meaning is similar, it is easy to use them incorrectly when writing. However, it is very important to use words appropriately. Word choice can significantly impact whether your reader grasps the message you are trying to convey.

One example of words that are easy to use incorrectly is disinterested and uninterested. In this blog I will briefly explain these words.

Disinterested is an adjective. It refers to being ‘impartial’ or ‘without bias’. It would be appropriate to use this word in the following way: “Disinterested, objective analysis is central to analytic philosophy”.

In contrast, uninterested means ‘indifferent’ or ‘unconcerned’. It would be appropriate to use this word in the following way: “When asked if she preferred the Thai Green Curry or the plain white bread, Sonia was surprisingly indifferent”. When pressed, Sonia might retort, “It is not that I am uninterested. I do care about both types of food. I am just trying to remain disinterested so that I do not influence your experience of them”.

If you are unsure whether you have used words appropriately in your writing, it is a good idea to submit your work to proofreading services. The professional proofreaders at Proofread My Essay can provide expert guidance on word choice, spelling, grammar, punctuation, referencing, and formatting.

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