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noun [singular/uncountable] public interest pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    the fact that the public has a right to know about something because it affects them

    Cabinet members should be willing to answer questions on matters of genuine public interest.

    in the public interest:

    The matter was not deemed to be in the public interest, so it was dropped from the discussion.

  2. 2
    the fact that people in general are interested in something

    Several concerts were canceled because of a lack of public interest.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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