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[self-ri-gahrd, self-] /ˈsɛlf rɪˈgɑrd, ˌsɛlf-/
consideration for oneself or one's own interests.
Origin of self-regard
First recorded in 1585-95
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self-regarding, adjective Unabridged
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  • This is not (a) the same thing as to say that all actions of all animals are self-regarding.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • No doubt it was this self-regarding memory which had resulted in the play.

    The Lowest Rung

    Mary Cholmondeley
  • Sin has twisted our vision inward and made it self-regarding.

    The Pursuit of God A. W. Tozer
  • He had no humanitarian ideals to weaken his self-regarding purposes.

    Paths of Judgement Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • But the division into self-regarding and other-regarding is not exclusive and absolute.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • self-regarding acts should not be interfered with by the magistrate.

    On Compromise John Morley
  • They are reluctant to admit there are any self-regarding acts at all.

    On Compromise John Morley
  • Another class is added to include all classes of 'self-regarding pleasures or pains.'

  • For very few people can feel out of it without drifting into a self-regarding mood, and then they are the easiest prey imaginable.

  • The intent is therefore always necessary, and it is naturally stated in the form of a self-regarding intent.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for self-regarding


self-centred; egotistical
(philosophy) (of an action) affecting the interests of no-one other than the agent, and hence, according to John Stuart Mill, immune from moral criticism


concern for one's own interest
proper esteem for oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-regarding



1590s, from self- + regard (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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