in the national/public interest

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in the national/public interest

: likely to help the nation/public
  • a policy that is not in the national/public interest

Word by Word Definitions

national play
  1. : of or relating to a nation

  2. : nationalist

  3. : comprising or characteristic of a nationality

  1. : one that owes allegiance to or is under the protection of a nation without regard to the more formal status of citizen or subject

  2. : a competition that is national in scope

public play
  1. : exposed to general view : open

  2. : well-known, prominent

  3. : perceptible, material

  1. : a place accessible or visible to the public

  2. : the people as a whole : populace

  3. : a group of people having common interests or characteristics

interest play
  1. : right, title, or legal share in something

  2. : participation in advantage and responsibility

  3. : business, company

  1. : to induce or persuade to participate or engage

  2. : to engage the attention or arouse the interest of


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