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self–interest

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noun self–in·ter·est \-ˈin-t(ə-)rəst; -ˈin-tə-ˌrest, -ˌtrest; -ˈin-tərst\

Simple Definition of self–interest

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

  • : your own interest or advantage

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of self–interest

  1. 1 :  a concern for one's own advantage and well-being <acted out of self–interest and fear>

  2. 2 :  one's own interest or advantage <self–interest requires that we be generous in foreign aid>

self–interested

adjective

self–interestedly

adverb

self–interestedness

noun

1649

First Known Use of self–interest

1649

Rhymes with self–interest

acid test, almagest, anapest, beta test, blanket chest, Bucharest, decongest, disinfest, disinterest, disinvest, false arrest, galley-west, Hammerfest, hornet's nest, house arrest, manifest, north-northwest, palimpsest, placement test, predigest, quarter rest, reinvest, rinderpest, Rorschach test, Sackville-West, second-best, self-addressed, self-confessed, self-possessed, uninterest, unprofessed, vision quest


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