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Meaning of “self-interest” in the English Dictionary

"self-interest" in British English

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self-interestnoun [U]

uk   /ˌselfˈɪn.tər.est/  us   /-t̬ɚ-/
self-interested
adjective uk   /ˌselfˈɪn.tər.es.tɪd/  us   /-t̬ɚ-/
self-interested ​arguing
(Definition of self-interest from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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self-interestnoun [U]

 us   /selfˈɪn·trəst, -ˈɪn·tər·əst/
consideration of ​advantages for yourself in making a ​decision, usually without ​worrying about ​itseffect on ​others: Each ​side was ​thinking only of ​their own self-interest.
(Definition of self-interest from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"self-interest" in Business English

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self-interestnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˌselfˈɪntrəst/
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 ​financialcompanies argue, perhaps out of self-interest, that the ​standards are dangerous. commercial/​economic/​national self-interest
self-interested
adjective /ˌselfˈɪntərestɪd/  us /-ṱɚ-/
Does the ​stress on self-interested ​competitivenessmean that ​business can ignore wider ​socialresponsibilities?
(Definition of self-interest from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “self-interest”
in Korean 이기심…
in Arabic مَصلَحة شَخصِيّة…
in Malaysian kepentingan diri…
in French intérêt personnel…
in Russian своекорыстие…
in Chinese (Traditional) 私利, 利己…
in Italian interesse personale…
in Turkish bencillik, egoizm, menfaatçilik…
in Polish własna korzyść…
in Spanish interés propio…
in Vietnamese tính tư lợi…
in Portuguese egoísmo, vantagem pessoal…
in Thai ประโยชน์ของตนเอง…
in German der Eigennutz…
in Catalan interès propi, egoisme…
in Japanese 自分本位…
in Chinese (Simplified) 私利, 利己…
in Indonesian mementingkan diri sendiri…
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