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[self-ri-gahrd, self-]
  1. consideration for oneself or one's own interests.
  2. self-respect.
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Origin of self-regard

First recorded in 1585–95
Related formsself-re·gard·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for self-regarding

Historical Examples

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

    Gloria Crucis

    J. H. Beibitz

  • No doubt it was this self-regarding memory which had resulted in the play.

    The Lowest Rung

    Mary Cholmondeley

  • Sin has twisted our vision inward and made it self-regarding.

  • He had no humanitarian ideals to weaken his self-regarding purposes.

    Paths of Judgement

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • But the division into self-regarding and other-regarding is not exclusive and absolute.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts

British Dictionary definitions for self-regarding


  1. self-centred; egotistical
  2. 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
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  1. concern for one's own interest
  2. proper esteem for oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-regarding



1590s, from self- + regard (n.).

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