Definition of self-interest in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsɛlfˈɪntrɛst/


[mass noun]
One’s personal interest or advantage, especially when pursued without regard for others: the assumption that individuals are primarily motivated by self-interest
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  • It is a reminder of the delicate line that lies between self-interest and the national interest.
  • The notion that a small group would disrupt the event for reasons of self-interest will be regarded as distasteful.
  • The relative importance of self-interest against public interest was clear from the start.

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