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English definition of “self-interest”


noun [U]
a situation in which you consider the advantage to yourself when making decisions, and decide to do what is best for you: be driven/motivated by self-interestout of self-interest Some financial companies argue, perhaps out of self-interest, that the standards are dangerous. commercial/economic/national self-interest
self-interested /ˌselfˈɪntərestɪd/ US   /-ṱɚ-/ adjective
(Definition of self-interest from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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