self-interest

noun
self-in·ter·est | \ ˌself-ˈin-t(ə-)rəst ; -ˈin-tə-ˌrest , -ˌtrest ; -ˈin-tərst \

Definition of self-interest 

1 : a concern for one's own advantage and well-being acted out of self-interest and fear

2 : one's own interest or advantage self-interest requires that we be generous in foreign aid

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self-interested \ˌself-ˈin-t(ə-)rə-stəd; -ˈin-tə-ˌre-, -ˈin-ˌtre-; -ˈin-tər- \ adjective
self-interestedly adverb
self-interestedness noun

First Known Use of self-interest

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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self-interest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of self-interest

: concern only for getting what you want or need and not about what happens to other people

: your own interest or advantage

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