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public interest

noun
1.
the welfare or well-being of the general public; commonwealth:
health programs that directly affect the public interest.
2.
appeal or relevance to the general populace:
a news story of public interest.
Origin of public interest
1670-1680
First recorded in 1670-80
Related forms
public-interest, adjective
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  • These also should be men of influence, and at leisure to take care of the public interest.

    Laws Plato
  • "It was not considered expedient in the public interest to do so at present," he said.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • It is not an intervention of public interest that is usually welcomed.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • He was told that it was contrary to the public interest that any information should be given.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • The first is that of property affected with public interest.

    The Ethics of Coperation

    James Hayden Tufts

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