self-interest

noun
self-in·​ter·​est | \ ˌself-ˈin-t(ə-)rəst How to pronounce self-interest (audio) ; -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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Other Words from self-interest

self-interested \ ˌself-​ˈin-​t(ə-​)rə-​stəd How to pronounce self-interest (audio) ; -​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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The first known use of self-interest was in 1595

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“Self-interest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-interest. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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self-interest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of self-interest

disapproving : 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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