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vested interest

a special interest in an existing system, arrangement, or institution for particular personal reasons.
a permanent right given to an employee under a pension plan.
vested interests, the persons, groups, etc., who benefit the most from existing business or financial systems.
Origin of vested interest
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Only the Conomo afloat, a successful pioneer in new transportation experiments alongcoast, would threaten his vested interests.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • “They are the monied land-owners, the vested interests,” he put in.

  • That is why all vested interests, religious and social, hate him so heartily.

    A Grammar of Freethought Chapman Cohen
  • And naturally so, since they all have vested interests in his simplicity.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • His whole philosophy is destructive of a large amount of the "vested interests" of philosophy.

    Bergson and His Philosophy J. Alexander Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for vested interests

vested interest

(property law) an existing and disposable right to the immediate or future possession and enjoyment of property
a strong personal concern in a state of affairs, system, etc, usually resulting in private gain
a person or group that has such an interest
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vested interests in Culture

vested interest definition

A phrase that indicates a deep personal (and possibly financial) interest in some political or economic proposal: “As a major stockholder of the Ford Motor Company, Senator Bilge had a vested interest in legislation restricting the import of Japanese autos.” The plural, vested interests, often refers to powerful, wealthy property holders: “His radical policies enraged vested interests.”

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Idioms and Phrases with vested interests

vested interest

A personal stake in something, as in She has a vested interest in keeping the house in her name. This term, first recorded in 1818, uses vested in the sense of “established” or “secured.”
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