Definition of self-interested in English:


Pronunciation /sɛlf ˈɪn(t)ərəstəd/

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  • Motivated by one's personal interest or advantage, especially without regard for others.

    ‘many groups pursue self-interested aims’
    • ‘Years of observation and introspection have led many to the conclusion that people are self-interested creatures.’
    • ‘To call one of these forms of motivation self-interested but the other not does not seem to add anything to our understanding of them.’
    • ‘If a leader acts in an altruistic fashion for self-interested reasons, how does one evaluate such behavior?’
    • ‘We say people are basically selfish and self-interested, so that's how the market should be constructed.’
    • ‘It goes against the self-interested vein running deep in the hidden places of the personality.’
    • ‘They are young people and find the older and more self-interested comedians slightly tiresome.’
    • ‘They may be tribunes of the people but they are also deeply self-interested.’
    • ‘They carefully reflect a mix of motivations to these abuses, from the more excusable to the purely self-interested.’
    • ‘As owners of huge amounts of stock, it is their job to hold incompetent or self-interested management accountable.’
    • ‘First, it's highly likely that, except in the opinion of self-interested journalists, it's not outrageous at all.’
    • ‘If the government thinks it can take us back to an era of managed news by self-interested politicians, then it is even more delusional than we thought.’
    • ‘In some cases, the antagonism seemed petulant and self-interested, and sometimes it was fuelled by genuine moral outrage.’
    • ‘Despite what some self-interested groups say, our present energy consumption levels are so high we have no practical alternative to fossil fuels.’
    • ‘The stakeholders are frighteningly numerous, diverse, intensely self-interested, and powerful.’
    • ‘What emerges may be even worse than our brutal, self-interested bungling, but hope springs eternal.’
    • ‘Our economic order claims to spread democracy by imposing its own self-interested rules on poorer nations.’
    • ‘This is a recipe for a resentful, suspicious, self-interested, and racially hostile polity.’
    • ‘Nations must decide between playing self-interested politics or preparing to risk lives to enforce civilized norms.’
    • ‘For too long, the moral and self-interested case against arms exports has been trumped by the apparently invincible economic case.’
    self-seeking, self-serving, self-obsessed, self-absorbed, self-regarding, wrapped up in oneself, egocentric, egotistic, egotistical, egomaniacal, inward-looking, introverted, selfish
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