Definition of “self-interest” - English Dictionary

“self-interest” in British English

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self-interestnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌselfˈɪn.tər.est/ us /ˌselfˈɪn.t̬ɚ.est/
self-interested
adjective uk /ˌselfˈɪn.tər.es.tɪd/ us /ˌselfˈɪn.t̬ɚ.es.tɪd/

self-interested arguing

(Definition of “self-interest” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“self-interest” in American English

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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 its effect 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 /ˌselfˈɪntrəst/ us

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-interest
out of self-interest Some financial companies argue, perhaps out of self-interest, that the standards are dangerous.
self-interested
adjective /ˌselfˈɪntərestɪd/ /-ṱɚ-/

Does the stress on self-interested competitiveness mean that business can ignore wider social responsibilities?

(Definition of “self-interest” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)