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public interest

noun
1.
the welfare or well-being of the general public; commonwealth:
health programs that directly affect the public interest.
2.
appeal or relevance to the general populace:
a news story of public interest.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80
Related forms
public-interest, adjective
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  • In figuring out how to use the city's transport network, the public interest should trump private ones.
  • There's been a resurgence of public interest in this forgotten star ever since her wartime patents came to light.
  • public interest in science ultimately brings funding to science.
  • The proper guardians of the public interest are governments, which are accountable to all citizens.
  • It is one thing to believe that profit-seeking serves no public interest directly.
  • But the newspaper kept up the coverage until public interest dwindled.
  • More important are the proposed new statutory defences against libel claims: truth, public interest and honest opinion.
  • Today, he says, public interest is shifting to a huge number-the long tail-of individual niche interests.
  • At the same time, public interest in the camp has never been higher.
  • But taxpayers have been on the hook for billions, and whether the public interest has been protected is a matter of debate.

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