Definition of "self-seeking" [self•-seek•ing]

  • Pursuing only one's own ends or interests. (adjective)
  • Exhibiting concern only with promoting one's own ends or interests: self-seeking maneuvers. (adjective)
  • Determined pursuit of one's own ends or interests. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "self-seeking" in a sentence
  • "But if you throw the self-seeking obstructionists out of office in November, I guarantee you that I can put this country back to work and on the road to permanent prosperity."
  • "It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."
  • "‘Most people appear to believe that deep down they (and other people) are mad, bad and dangerous to know; that as a species – apparently unlike other species of animal – we are deeply and fundamentally antagonistic to each other, that our motives are utterly self-seeking and that our sympathies are forms of self-protectiveness.’"