What does public interest mean?

Definitions for public interest

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  1. public interest(Noun)

    common good


  1. Public interest

    The public interest refers to the "common well-being" or "general welfare". The public interest is central to policy debates, politics, democracy and the nature of government itself. While nearly everyone claims that aiding the common well-being or general welfare is positive, there is little, if any, consensus on what exactly constitutes the public interest, or whether the concept itself is a coherent one.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of public interest in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of public interest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Judge John Kane:

    The public interest is best served by the free exchange of ideas.

  2. Ayn Rand:

    The idea that 'the public interest' supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning that the interests and rights of some individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others.

  3. William Howard Taft:

    In the public interest, therefore, it is better that we lose the services of the exceptions who are good Judges after they are seventy and avoid the presence on the Bench of men who are not able to keep up with the work, or to perform it satisfactorily.

  4. Anna Reynolds:

    We often get questions from the public about: Where are the cellars? Where is the wine kept? Where are the queen's hats kept? What happens behind the scenes?, we felt there was a real public interest in showing what we are showing in this display this year.

  5. Raza Rumi:

    Projecting militants is undesirable but a blackout does not serve the public interest, for public accountability it is important that carefully edited information on militants is aired so that the public can assess the efficacy of state operations against terrorism.

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