self-interest

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

self–in·ter·est

noun \-ˈin-t(ə-)rəst; -ˈin-tə-ˌrest, -ˌtrest; -ˈin-tərst\

: concern only for getting what you want or need and not about what happens to other people

: your own interest or advantage

Full Definition of SELF-INTEREST

1
:  a concern for one's own advantage and well-being <acted out of self–interest and fear>
2
:  one's own interest or advantage <self–interest requires that we be generous in foreign aid>
self–in·ter·est·ed adjective
self–in·ter·est·ed·ly adverb
self–in·ter·est·ed·ness noun

First Known Use of SELF-INTEREST

1649

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