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Definition of "self-serving" [self-serving]

  • Serving one's own interests, especially without concern for the needs or interests of others. (adjective)
  • Exhibiting concern solely for one's own interests: a speech full of self-serving comments. (adjective)

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-serving" in a sentence
  • "On Dec. 6, Ms. James quit, leaving her critics - whom she described as self-serving bullies - with no excuses for further discord."
  • "Community called the "self-serving allegations" an attempt by Tenet's management and board "to continue their entrenchment strategy and to distract Tenet shareholders" from the offer."
  • "Even the title seems self-serving, particularly when viewed in the light of an interview Michelle granted Vogue magazine in 2007."