the seeking of one's own interest or selfish ends.


given to or characterized by self-seeking; selfish.

Nearby words

  1. self-satisfaction,
  2. self-satisfied,
  3. self-satisfying,
  4. self-sealing,
  5. self-seeker,
  6. self-selection,
  7. self-serve,
  8. self-service,
  9. self-serving,
  10. self-similarity

Origin of self-seeking

First recorded in 1580–90

Related formsself-seek·ing·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for self-seeking



the act or an instance of seeking one's own profit or interest, esp exclusively


having or showing an exclusive preoccupation with one's own profit or interesta self-seeking attitude
Derived Formsself-seeker, noun

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Word Origin and History for self-seeking



"a seeking after one's own benefit (before those of others)," 1580s, from self + seeking, verbal noun from seek. As an adjective, from 1620s.

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