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English definition of “public interest”

public interest

noun [U]     LAW, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
used when talking about people's rights to know the facts about a particular situation : The Board was satisfied that it was in the public interest to broadcast the story . But the public interest defence - exposing a public health hazard - didn't seem to count with the jury .
(Definition of public interest noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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