conflict of interest

noun phrase

Definition of conflict of interest

: a conflict between the private interests and the official responsibilities of a person in a position of trust

First Known Use of conflict of interest

1860

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conflict of interest

con·flict of interest \ ˈkän-ˌflikt- \

legal Definition of conflict of interest

1 : a conflict between the private interests and the official or professional responsibilities of a person in a position of trust
2 : a conflict between competing duties (as in an attorney's representation of clients with adverse interests) — see also ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct

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