Definition of national interest
: the interest of a nation as a whole held to be an independent entity separate from the interests of subordinate areas or groups and also of other nations or supranational groups any foreign policy which operates under the standard of the national interest — H. J. Morgenthau
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up national interest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).