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public interest

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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.
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Origin of public interest

First recorded in 1670–80
Related formspub·lic-in·terest, adjective
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Related Words for public interest

glare, prominence, spotlight, hype, eminence, renown, exposure

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