Meaning of “public interest” in the English Dictionary

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"public interest" in Business English

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public interestnoun [ U ]

uk us 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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)