Definition of 'self-interest'
Example sentences containing 'self-interest'
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Trust becomes increasingly anchored in reciprocal self-interest rather than culture as countries modernise. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The second reason is one of ministerial self-interest. Times, Sunday Times (2006)They are acting against their own economic self-interest. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Its independence may encourage it to pursue a course of narrow self-interest rather than the public interest. Financial Markets, Institutions and Money (1995)Public opinion and the economic self-interest of his own nation were overwhelmingly against him. Christianity Today (2000)Everybody knows that sport should be about parochial self-interest rather than silly old excellence. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Nearly all the kind things people do in the world are done in the name of enlightened self-interest. Times, Sunday Times (2014)They must decide whether to vote out of a sense of duty to the past or out of enlightened self-interest. Times, Sunday Times (2014)From the standpoint of economics, there is no real difference between self-interest and greed. Times, Sunday Times (2009)My reason for acquiring one is self-interest, not altruism. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It's also a matter of enlightened self-interest. Positive Parent Power (1991)Indian star to play at a windswept county ground in front of a handful of fans would require an act of charity rather than economic self-interest. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Helping now is more than an act of conscience; it is also an act of enlightened self-interest. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The same cannot be said for the Opposition who seemed more concerned about narrow self-interest than the national interest. The Sun (2008)The poverty, environment and biodiversity are global issues that lie beyond the competence and self-interest of any one government. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This makes it look as if the family ethos was one of raw self-interest, but the case was rather subtler than that. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (2005)
Trends of 'self-interest'
Used Occasionally. self-interest is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'self-interest'
British English: self-interest NOUN
If you accuse someone of self-interest, you disapprove of them because they always want to do what is best for themselves rather than for anyone else.
Their current protests are motivated purely by self-interest.
Definition of self-interest from the Collins English Dictionary
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