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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SELF-INTERESTED

From a self-interested motive, Mr. Sandford—that I might have a greater respect for you.

She was happy and self-interested, chattering about the ride and the train.

How could I help contrasting his generosity with your self-interested selfishness?

And still worse, to the self-interested action of vestrymen.

What trust he had reposed in this vile, self-interested, heartless woman!

Some actions done with a self-interested motive are public benefits.

All actions done with a self-interested motive are private vices.

It is rather and only a change of governor—that is, instead of self-interested proprietaries, a gracious king.

He suspected that Firmstone was at least self-interested, if not self-seeking; therefore he assumed him to be unscrupulous.

I am really not a vulgar, greedy doctor pushing myself into a case with which I have no concern, for some self-interested motive.

WORD ORIGIN

also self interest, 1640s, from self- + interest (n.). Related: Self-interested.

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