Definition of self-interest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌself ˈɪntrəst//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌself ˈɪntrəst//
; BrE BrE//ˌself ˈɪntrest//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌself ˈɪntrest//
[uncountable] (disapproving)
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the fact of somebody only considering their own interests and of not caring about things that would help other people Not all of them were acting out of self-interest.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: self-interest