special interest

(redirected from special-interest)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to special-interest: Special interest groups

special interest

A person, group, or organization attempting to influence legislators in favor of one particular interest or issue.

spe′cial-in′ter·est adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

spe′cial in′terest

a body of persons, a corporation, or an industry that seeks or receives benefits or privileged treatment, esp. through legislation.
[1905–10, Amer.]
spe′cial-in′terest, adj.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.special interest - an individual or group who are concerned with some particular part of the economy and who try to influence legislators or bureaucrats to act in their favor
interest group, interest - (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims; "the iron interests stepped up production"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
With camps located throughout the community, kids can choose traditional day camps or special-interest camps, such as athletics or arts.
Politicians don't work for the voter but to get votes in order to stay in office so that they can accumulate wealth and power by catering to special-interest groups of all sorts, especially those of big unions and multinational corporations, as well as elitist individuals.
BayView Entertainment, LLC, is America's number one independent distributor of fitness, wellness, dance and special-interest DVD releases.
The candidates have already been making a lot of noise and so have all of those so-called special-interest groups.
Comprehensive government planning almost always fails under the weight of voluminous data and special-interest infighting.
Chapter 3 is basically a history of the role of factionalism and how special-interest groups have influenced foreign-policy formulation throughout U.S.
The legislation passed will depend upon the amount of unity within each party, with each party attempting to pass special-interest legislation.
More states are considering reforms to insulate their courts from special-interest excesses by reforming their judicial elections or advancing proposals to scrap them entirely.
What began as a good pro-consumer-rights bill in Ohio, Senate Bill 117, was so transformed by special-interest groups that consumers, the original sponsors of the bill, and even the state attorney general now fear that it will cause great harm to consumers.
A less obvious, but potentially more potent reform would require members to sign the special-interest spending "earmarks" they insert into legislation.
SALEM - House Democrats laid out broad proposals Wednesday to curtail lobbyist spending on behalf of state lawmakers and their families, along with other reforms meant to limit special-interest influence.

Full browser ?