Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Not concerned, in respect to possible gain or loss, in the result of the pending proceedings; impartial, not biased or prejudiced. Chase v. Rutland, 47 Vt. 393 ; In re Big Run, 137 Pa. 590, 20 Atl. 711; McGilvery v. Staples, 81 Me. 101, 16 Atl. 404; Wolcott v. Ely, 2 Allen (Mass.) 340; Hickerson v. Insurance Co., 96 Tenn. 193, 33 S. W. 1041, 32 L. R. A. 172.
    —Disinterested witness. One who has no interest in the cause or matter in issue, and who is lawfully competent to testify. Jones v. Larrabee, 47 Me. 474; Warren v, Baxter, 48 Me. 195 ; Appeal of Combs, 105 Pa. 155; State v. Easterlin, 61 S. C. 71, 39 S. E. 250.