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[self-sur-ving] /ˈsɛlfˈsɜr vɪŋ/
preoccupied with one's own interests, often disregarding the truth or the interests, well-being, etc., of others.
serving to further one's own selfish interests.
Origin of self-serving
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His fight strikes many as not only quixotic but also self-serving.
  • Perceptions are fine, but they can also be self-serving.
  • The risk here is that the argument is simply self-serving.
  • The arguments for academic tenure have always struck me as pretty weak, and more to the point, transparently self-serving.
  • It was a savvy maneuver to outflank the public's emerging suspicion of being manipulated by self-serving business interests.
  • The government does not deny that great killing took place, but it has issued a self-serving interpretation of the events.
  • His disdain for contemporary unionism is ideological, as well as self-serving.
  • There's no reason you shouldn't squeeze a little self-serving consumerism into a free moment here and there.
  • But when anonymous sources are self-serving or wrong, there is a painful price to pay.
  • My self-serving faith in articulacy was reinforced: not merely evidence of intelligence but intelligence itself.
British Dictionary definitions for self-serving


habitually seeking one's own advantage, esp at the expense of others
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Word Origin and History for self-serving

also self serving, 1827, from self- + serving, present participle adjective from serve (v.).

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