in the national/public interest

Definition of in the national/public interest

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

Word by Word Definitions

nationalplay
  1. :  of or relating to a nation

    :  nationalist

    :  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

publicplay
  1. :  exposed to general view :  open

    :  well-known, prominent

    :  perceptible, material

  1. :  the people as a whole :  populace

    :  a group of people having common interests or characteristics

    :  the group at which a particular activity or enterprise aims

interestplay
  1. :  right, title, or legal share in something

    :  participation in advantage and responsibility

    :  business, company

  1. :  to induce or persuade to participate or engage

    :  to engage the attention or arouse the interest of


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