vested interest

noun

Definition of vested interest

1 : an interest (such as a title to an estate) carrying a legal right of present or future enjoyment specifically : a right vested in an employee under a pension plan
2 : a special concern or stake in maintaining or influencing a condition, arrangement, or action especially for selfish ends
3 : one having a vested interest in something specifically : a group enjoying benefits from an existing economic or political privilege

Examples of vested interest in a Sentence

She has a vested interest in seeing the business sold, as she'll make a profit from the sale.
Recent Examples on the Web The tech industry at large benefits enormously from Trump’s tax cuts, and has a vested interest in helping reach a trade war détente. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Ivanka Trump's Future of Work Isn't for Workers," 7 Jan. 2020 Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who easily defeated Bevin in a 2014 Senate primary, also has a vested interest in the outcome. BostonGlobe.com, "The president also held a campaign event Friday in Mississippi, where Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, a Republican, was pitted against Attorney General Jim Hood, an anti-abortion, pro-gun Democrat, in the governor’s race.," 6 Nov. 2019 Per the Northwest Indiana Times’ Dan Carden, the union has another vested interest: the governor elected in 2020 will appoint the state school superintendent for the first time ever. cleveland, "Donald Trump and Democrats reach agreement on USMCA trade deal: The Flyover," 11 Dec. 2019 Those with a vested interest feared losing him to another school in search of a new head coach and prodded athletic director Chris Del Conte to cut whatever check necessary to prevent that. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "How the Texas Longhorns’ staff shakeups could affect recruiting," 4 Dec. 2019 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who easily defeated Bevin in a 2014 Senate primary, also has a vested interest in the outcome. Bill Barrow, Twin Cities, "Dems flip Virginia; Kentucky governor race too close to call," 6 Nov. 2019 And that has to be very concerning to everyone with a vested interest in Alabama’s success. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Tua Tagovailoa’s ankle injury determines Alabama season, Jeremy Pruitt should be embarrassed," 20 Oct. 2019 That process only provides grist for vested interests, which can be depended on to cherry-pick details that are hardest for laypersons to understand and paint them as threats to their well-being. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Vested interests are already mounting dishonest attacks on ‘Medicare for all’," 1 Aug. 2019 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who easily defeated Bevin in a 2014 Senate primary, also has a vested interest in the outcome. Bill Barrow, Twin Cities, "Dems flip Virginia; Kentucky governor race too close to call," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of vested interest

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vested interest.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vested%20interest. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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vested interest

noun

Financial Definition of vested interest

What It Is

A vested interest is a right of ownership which is not dependent on something else.

How It Works

When a possession, ownership interest or the use of tangible property is present and unencumbered by any conditions, it is known as a vested interest.  The clear and unencumbered interest is not reliant or contingent on anything other conditions or events.  For example, a vested interest can mean stock or options that are transferred and available to the recipient.  A vested interest in real estate means the owner of the property.  A vested interest in a pension plan, for example, may mean that the employee is qualified to take the benefits of the pension plan, including the contributions by the employer.

Why It Matters

A vested interest in tangible property represents an important asset on a company's or personal balance sheet.  Understanding the conditions of a potential borrower's vestment (i.e. establishing a vested interest) in a particular asset is an important part of the due diligence process for a creditor.

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vested interest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vested interest

: a personal or private reason for wanting something to be done or to happen

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Legal Definition of vested interest

see interest sense 1

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