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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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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Even more revealing was the response of my wife, who loves grand opera but isn’t a full-fledged buff and had never previously shown any special interest in Maria Callas. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "Diva Back From the Dead," 14 Nov. 2018 Situated on the southwestern outskirts of Orlando, this is a place where quaint and natural attract people from all over the world who take special interest in health and fitness. Michael Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Clermont Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 The Orange Generation has a special interest in speaking with current members of the NRA, as its issue is with the organization’s leadership. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "National Die-In Protester Marcel McClinton Shares How It Felt to Storm the U.S. Capitol," 13 June 2018 Family members said Walker had a special interest in emotional intelligence, believing that traditional measures of intelligence such as IQ tests fall short of reflecting the ability of people to empathize and connect with others. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Ronald Walker, psychology teacher and dean at Loyola University, dies," 12 June 2018 Alt took a special interest in DuSable High School on Chicago's South Side. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With PTSD reaching well beyond combat vets, trauma experts see need for 'healing spaces'," 18 May 2018 Nelson has long had a special interest in China, Bowman said. Brady Mccombs, Fox News, "New Asian-American, Brazilian apostles make Mormon history," 31 Mar. 2018 To achieve any of this Mr. Bolsonaro will have to confront an array of special interests in Brazil’s powerful business class. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Bolsonaro’s Hope and Change," 29 Oct. 2018 The special interests in power are counting on your apathy. Marie Claire, "Why Your Vote Is More Important This Year Than Ever Before," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of special interest

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of special interest was in 1906

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English Language Learners Definition of special interest

chiefly US : 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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