self-deal·​ing ˈself-ˈdē-liŋ How to pronounce self-dealing (audio)
: engagement in a transaction for the benefit of oneself rather than for the benefits of someone to whom one owes a fiduciary duty

Examples of self-dealing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The head of Carta’s troubled broker-dealer business has left the company, months after the group was publicly accused of self-dealing in a viral social media post, Fortune has learned. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 2 May 2024 And prosecutors will be allowed to inform jurors of an agreement that the Trump Foundation would be dissolved as a result of an investigation into self-dealing transactions. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2024 According to critics, that amounts to self-dealing at the consumers’ expense. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2024 The Associated Press Carta’s self-dealing scandal Equity management startup Carta is ending its business as a broker, following a self-dealing scandal that broke over the weekend. Michal Lev-Ram, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2024 The rules are incredibly strict on the care that a fiduciary must exercise to avoid self-dealing and put the interests of the beneficiaries first. Martin Shenkman, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 In any event, if the defense can establish financial self-dealing by prosecutors that potentially rises to the level of state or federal violations of law, that would bolster the argument for disqualifying the district attorney and special prosecutor. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 13 Feb. 2024 Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned in 2019 and served time in federal prison for a self-dealing scandal involving children’s books. Emily Opilo, Baltimore Sun, 7 Feb. 2024 What emerged was a picture of a veteran workaholic attorney with a storied Los Angeles career (Kenner has litigated roughly 500 trials since 1968) whose management of Michel’s complex case could at best be described as overconfident and improvisational, and at worst self-dealing and deceptive. Michael Ames, Vulture, 24 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-dealing was in 1931

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“Self-dealing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


: engagement in a transaction that is intended primarily to benefit one's self or the narrow interests of a few (as corporate insiders) rather than those to whom one owes a duty by virtue of one's position
self-dealing by a trustee
self-dealing adjective
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