self-interested


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self-in·ter·est

(sĕlf′ĭn′trĭst, -ĭn′tər-ĭst)
n.
1. Selfish or excessive regard for one's personal advantage or interest.
2. Personal advantage or interest.

self′-in′ter·est·ed adj.
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self-interested

adjective selfish, self-centred, egotistical, greedy, mercenary, self-seeking, ungenerous, egoistic, egotistic, egotistical, looking out for number one (informal) Persistently and narrowly self-interested behaviour is ultimately self-defeating.
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self-interested

[ˌselfˈɪntrɪstɪd] ADJque actúa en interés propio, egoísta

self-interested

[ˌsɛlfˈɪntrɪstɪd] adjegoistico/a
References in classic literature ?
'I'm not more self-interested, I hope, than another man,' said Mr.
As difficult to decipher as a hieroglyphic inscription to the clerks, the vocation of the secretary and his usefulness were as plain as the rule of three to the self-interested. This lesser Prince de Wagram of the administration, to whom the duty of gathering opinions and ideas and making verbal reports thereon was entrusted, knew all the secrets of parliamentary politics; dragged in the lukewarm, fetched, carried, and buried propositions, said the Yes and the No that the ministers dared not say for themselves.
I think I have noticed that they have an inconsistent way of speaking about her, as if she had made some great self-interested success in marrying Mr Gowan, though, at the same time, the very same people, would not have dreamed of taking him for themselves or their daughters.
Thus Louis XIII had a real liking for Treville--a royal liking, a self-interested liking, it is true, but still a liking.
The company believes that Bow Street has launched its proxy contest for the sole purpose of facilitating its self-interested proposal or forcing a premature sale of the company or its assets in order to make a quick profit on its recent investment, and that Bow Street's director candidates have been nominated to advance Bow Street's self-interested agenda and lack critical qualifications, experience and independence to maximize value for all Mack-Cali stockholders (...) Mack-Cali has made significant progress in pursuing its strategic objectives, including its Waterfront Strategy and the ongoing transformation of its asset portfolio, and is confident that the continued execution of its business plan is the best way to maximize stockholder value at this time.
People are self-interested, but we don't like to face that about ourselves because we also have a strong need to see ourselves as good people, they argue, so we unintentionally, and quite effortlessly, use a series of cognitive maneuvers to justify self-interested choices that don't align with who we say we want to be or what we want others to think about us.
Amy, in Defoe's Roxana, serves as a warning about the danger posed by self-interested and self-propelled servants.
This is clear throughout the book as Bowles discusses experimental games, such as the Prisoner's Dilemma, where defecting is assumed to be the self-interested option and cooperating the altruistic.
We are all ultimately self-interested, but we do not need to be selfish if by "selfish" we mean self-interested in a way that is inconsiderate of others.
But another salient cause is rarely noted or publicized: the restrictive, self-interested, and anti-democratic leadership of their own Jewish communities.
From that truth, she begins her path toward bedlam by laving blame on economics for constructing itself around the hyperrational, self-interested, and very masculine, "economic man," which she thinks has blinded the discipline to women's concerns and other forms of behavior more associated with women.
He said that the BMA was pursuing a "self-interested campaign".