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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

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–in·ter·est·ed adjective
self–in·ter·est·ed·ly adverb
self–in·ter·est·ed·ness noun

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