[ self-in-ter-ist, -trist, self- ]
/ ˌsɛlfˈɪn tər ɪst, -trɪst, ˈsɛlf- /


regard for one's own interest or advantage, especially with disregard for others.
personal interest or advantage.

Origin of self-interest

First recorded in 1640–50

OTHER WORDS FROM self-interest

self-in·ter·est·ed, adjectiveself-in·ter·est·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for self-interest



one's personal interest or advantage
the act or an instance of pursuing one's own interest

Derived forms of self-interest

self-interested, adjectiveself-interestedness, noun
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