conflict of interest

noun phrase

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

Examples of conflict of interest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Councilmember Curren Price, who represents part of South L.A., was charged by L.A. County prosecutors with embezzlement, perjury and conflict of interest in June last year. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 Another education code states that charter school administrators should comply with key state laws related to transparency and conflict of interest. Jennah Pendleton, Sacramento Bee, 14 May 2024 While that might seem like a conflict of interest, Moi says England’s experience as a manager only enhances his work as label CEO. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 9 May 2024 Trump and other defendants who first raised allegations of a conflict of interest appealed McAfee's decision. Sam Gringlas, NPR, 8 May 2024 Some choose, however, to buy their own tickets to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. Mike Hendricks, Kansas City Star, 6 May 2024 The council also fired the Doral city manager in January for allegations of conflict of interest and hired a new interim city manager, without the support of the mayor. Verónica Egui Brito, Miami Herald, 4 May 2024 To ease concerns of a conflict of interest and assess options, an eight-person committee of independent board members was formed. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2024 That agency sends its report to their county’s prosecutor’s office, which generally will send the report and other investigative materials, like body-camera footage, to another prosecutor’s office that would have no possible conflict of interest. Shaun Goodwin, Idaho Statesman, 1 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Conflict of interest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

conflict of interest

con·​flict of interest
: a conflict between the private interests and the official or professional responsibilities of a person in a position of trust
: 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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