enlightened self-interest


Definition of enlightened self-interest

: behavior based on awareness that what is in the public interest is eventually in the interest of all individuals and groups polls that are kept honest only by the enlightened self-interest of the pollsters

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First Known Use of enlightened self-interest

1790, in the meaning defined above

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“Enlightened self-interest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enlightened%20self-interest. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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