self-interest

noun self-in·ter·est \ ˌself-ˈin-t(ə-)rəst ; -ˈin-tə-ˌrest , -ˌtrest ; -ˈin-tərst \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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

self-interested

adjective

self-interestedly

adverb

self-interestedness

noun


SELF-INTEREST Defined for English Language Learners

self-interest

noun

Definition of self-interest for English Language Learners

  • : 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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