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public interest


  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.

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Other Words From

  • public-interest adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of public interest1

First recorded in 1670–80

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Example Sentences

Because the private sector is not bound by the First Amendment, companies actually do have more leeway to act in the public interest.

So there’s significant public interest in knowing what the role of climate change is in this setting.

Barriers that limit how tech companies can acquire, use, and sell data alongside clear public interest obligations would also make misinformation at scale less of a national security threat.

They cited concerns over the First Amendment, freedom of speech, and public interest as the reasons for a lack of intervention on even the most palpable mistruths, but the events at the Capitol prompted a shift change.

The limited availability of radio and television spectrum justified government-enforced public interest rules on those who received exclusive licenses to the public airwaves.

While public interest in Ebola continues to dwindle, the epidemic itself continues to soar.

Few, if any were ever awaited with greater public interest than this one.

The assumptions of the “regulation as public interest” crowd undermine their stated conclusions.

The “Sunday Mirror” says it was in the ‘public interest’ to entrap a Conservative MP in an elaborate sex sting.

The journal and publisher believe that its continued availability may not be in the public interest.

Both in England and America the public interest in Tchaikovsky seemed to be steadily increasing.

No political question was exciting public interest, and the borough elections were decided rather by money than by measures.

The question was not at that time exciting much public interest.

It became evident that the trial would last a long time and public interest in it soon flagged.

He would have conquered a true leadership and advanced a public interest while upbuilding his party.


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