public interest

  

Definition

Welfare of the general public (in contrast to the selfish interest of a person, group, or firm) in which the whole society has a stake and which warrants recognition, promotion, and protection by the government and its agencies. Despite the vagueness of the term, public interest is claimed generally by governments in matters of state secrecy and confidentiality. It is approximated by comparing expected gains and potential costs or losses associated with a decision, policy, program, or project.

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  • The public interest was the primary factor in deciding to expand operations as we knew our company operated for the people.

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  • You should always do things that are in the best public interest of your company so that you have a good reputation.

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  • There are some environmental issues that we must address to ensure that we have the public interest in mind instead of being careless.

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