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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vested interest(noun)

    (law) an interest in which there is a fixed right to present or future enjoyment and that can be conveyed to another

  2. vested interest(noun)

    groups that seek to control a social system or activity from which they derive private benefit


  1. Vested interest

    a special personal interest, usually financial, in an existing system, law, or institution, which hinders a person from making objective decisions regarding that system, law, or institution. A vested interest may be one which benefits a relative, or, in an extended sense, one which defends a person's own reputation or previously expressed views.

  2. Vested interest

    a right given to an employee by a pension plan, which cannot be taken away.

  3. Vested interest

    pl. the persons, corporations, or other groups which benefit most (usually financially) from the existing system of institutions, laws, and customs.


  1. vested interest(Noun)

    a right or title that can be conveyed

  2. vested interest(Noun)

    a fixed right granted to an employee, especially under a pension plan

  3. vested interest(Noun)

    a stake, often financial, in a particular outcome

  4. vested interest(Noun)

    a group of people or organizations with such a stake

  5. vested interest(Noun)

    an exceptionally strong interest in protecting or promoting something to one's own advantage


  1. Vested interest

    Vested interest is a communication theory that seeks to explain how influences impact behaviors. As defined by William Crano, vested interest refers to the amount that an attitude object is deemed hedonically relevant by the attitude holder. In Crano's idea of vested interest, if the attitude object is subjectively important and the perceived personal consequences are significant, there will be a greater chance the individual's attitude will be expressed behaviorally. For example, a 30 year old individual is told that the legal driving age is being raised from 16 to 17 in his state. While he may not agree with this law, he is not impacted like a 15 year old prospective vehicle operator and is unlikely to be involved in protesting the change. This example illustrates the point that highly vested attitudes concerning issues are related to an individual’s situational point of view.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vested interest in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vested interest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anuj Somany:

    Life is simple , only it has been made tough for others by some people for their vested-interest.

  2. Joseph Schumpeter:

    Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.

  3. Tim Gore:

    The carbon market promised the world lots of things it has failed to deliver. The ETS is riddled with loopholes and in thrall to vested interest.

  4. Philip Holloway:

    These are relationships that everybody has a vested interest in maintaining, and so the best way to ruin a great relationship is through litigation.

  5. Hoshiyar Zebari:

    We have a vested interest in this deal because we believe it will reduce tensions. Basically we don't want Iraq to be a score-settling ground between the United States and Iran.

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