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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 ​publicinterest to ​broadcast the story. But the publicinterestdefence - ​exposing a ​publichealthhazard - didn't seem to count with the ​jury.
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