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, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of conflict of interest was in 1860

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“Conflict of interest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conflict%20of%20interest. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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conflict of interest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conflict of interest

formal : a problem caused by having official responsibilities that involve things that might be helpful or harmful to you

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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