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  1. preoccupied with one's own interests, often disregarding the truth or the interests, well-being, etc., of others.
  2. serving to further one's own selfish interests.

Origin of self-serving

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. habitually seeking one's own advantage, esp at the expense of others
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Word Origin and History for self-serving

also self serving, 1827, from self- + serving, present participle adjective from serve (v.).

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