Best Interest

Best Interest

A duty or obligation to act in a manner one believes to be most beneficial to a person or organization. For example, a guardian must act in the best interest of a child, and a CEO must do the same for his/her company. See also: Fiduciary.
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With a portion of this property Mr Godfrey Nickleby purchased a small farm, near Dawlish in Devonshire, whither he retired with his wife and two children, to live upon the best interest he could get for the rest of his money, and the little produce he could raise from his land.
Bishop said he was glad to think that this wealth flowed into the coffers of a gentleman who was always disposed to maintain the best interests of Society.
He begged to assure his good friend that he was extremely sensible of his good friend's regard on all occasions for the best interests of Society; and he considered that he was at once consulting those interests and expressing the feeling of Society, when he wished him continued prosperity, continued increase of riches, and continued things in general.
If people cannot be assured of graves, I fear they will no longer die, and the best interests of civilisation will wither like a frosted leaf.
But the people thought that a governor ought to have nothing in view but the best interests of those whom he governed.
So long as I confined myself to them she had a haunting fear that, even though the editor remained blind to his best interests, something would one day go crack within me (as the mainspring of a watch breaks) and my pen refuse to write for evermore.
Pip must decline to deal further with one who could so far forget what he owed to the best interests of society, as to employ a boy who excited Loathing in every respectable mind.
I ran the risk of displeasing your majesty, but I risked, also, the concealment of your best interests.
Obviously, the district can move quickly when it's in its best interest.
Eagle, "It's in the best interest of banks across the country to take an active role in training their employees now because other states will likely pass their own legislation in the near future.
Reason(s) that the decision is in the best interest of the corporation and its shareholders.
For the best interest of the child we chose to keep all matters private,'' said Gaut's attorney, Morgan Spector.