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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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  • A triumph of this kind is like strong wine to vanity, self-love, and all the self-regarding feelings.

    Letters of Two Brides Honore de Balzac
  • Sin has twisted our vision inward and made it self-regarding.

    The Pursuit of God A. W. Tozer
  • No doubt it was this self-regarding memory which had resulted in the play.

    The Lowest Rung Mary Cholmondeley
  • But the division into self-regarding and other-regarding is not exclusive and absolute.

    Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • The case of a person who solicits another to do an act, is not strictly a case of self-regarding conduct.

    On Liberty John Stuart Mill
  • self-regarding acts should not be interfered with by the magistrate.

    On Compromise John Morley
  • So masterful was his self-regarding passion that his daughter's claim fell to the status of his pretext.

    Second String Anthony Hope
  • Another class is added to include all classes of 'self-regarding pleasures or pains.'

  • This is not (a) the same thing as to say that all actions of all animals are self-regarding.

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

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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