- the welfare or well-being of the general public; commonwealth: health programs that directly affect the public interest.
- appeal or relevance to the general populace: a news story of public interest.
Origin of public interest
First recorded in 1670–80
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Examples from the Web for public interest
Hunt, however, was resistant to the public-interest argument.Lord David Puttnam Saves BSkyB
July 13, 2011
There was no public-interest justification for what they did.The Intrusive British Press
July 10, 2011
Shoma Chaudhury is executive editor of Tehelka, a public-interest newsmagazine in India.Mamata Banerjee, India's Political Superwoman
May 18, 2011
Shoma Chaudhury is executive editor of Tehelka, a public-interest news magazine in India.Gandhi Family Feud
April 12, 2009