special interest


Definition of special interest 

: a person or group seeking to influence legislative or government policy to further often narrowly defined interests especially : lobby

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Synonyms for special interest


interest, interest group, pressure group

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Examples of special interest in a Sentence

promised that as governor he would never be beholden to special interests

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Soto literally owes the clothes on his back to special interests. Steven Lemongello, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Alan Grayson slams Darren Soto for his support from DeVos family, Texas billionaire in 2016," 26 June 2018 The bills would create citizen panels populated by special interests with expertise in different areas to oversee most decision-making by the state's environmental regulator, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Controversial environmental review bills headed to Gov. Snyder.," 12 June 2018 But it has been dragged ever lower into the mire by Congressional special interests that are parochial in the extreme. Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Conservation advocates say special interests groups have encouraged Zinke’s hand. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Group effort rules the roost in Wyoming, then Washington intervenes," 10 July 2018 Of special interest are the most neutron-rich nuclei, as astrophysical events proceed in neutron-rich environments. Scientific American, "Readers Respond to the March 2018 Issue," 13 Mar. 2018 From Day One, our campaign has been focused on returning mainstream sensibilities and commonsense problem-solving to state government so that local families benefit rather than narrow ideologies and special interests. Anna M. Tinsley, star-telegram, "Gloves come off in fight between Konni Burton and Beverly Powell for state Senate seat | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 Mar. 2018 None of these organizations receive funding from political parties or special interest groups, and none of them has a paywall standing between you and their information. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Fake news? How to find the truth behind the spin," 14 May 2018 Terri Daly, director of the center for autism and related disabilities at the University of Central Florida, said families of children with autism should nurture their special interests, whether it’s trains or something else. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Autistic boy, 4, says 'Hi, Mr. Passenger,' as SunRail conductor for a day," 27 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of special interest

1906, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of special interest

: a group that tries to influence the people who run a government in order to help a particular business, cause, industry, etc.

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