Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) taking advantage of opportunities without regard for the consequences for others
  2. (noun, attribute) concern for your own interests and welfare

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Alternate forms of Self-interest

Hypernyms: selfishness, trait

Origin of the word Self-interest

  1. 1649, from self + interest (q.v.).
    "[Self-interest] is a doctrine not very lofty, but clear and sure. It does not seek to attain great objects; but it attains those it aims for without too much effort. ... [It] does not produce great devotion; but it suggests little sacrifices each day; by itself it cannot make a man virtuous; but it forms a multitude of citizens wh… more

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