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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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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.
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.
It is standard procedure in adoption proceedings to have a hearing to determine the best interest of the child in advance of any transfer proceedings, an essential step the South Carolina Supreme Court failed to take, thus denying Veronica the right to have her best interests considered.
When family-law courts discuss which custodial outcome is in a child's best interests, they acknowledge the extent to which each adult is formed by his or her childhood experience.
His mother asked for custody arguing that, in a custody dispute between a parent and a nonparent, the court should first decide the fitness of the parent by determining if the safety and development of the child is in danger, and then decide custody on the best interests of the child test.
Neither the current status quo between Turkey and Armenia nor the one between Armenia and Azerbaijan are in the best interests of any of the parties," Gul told Turkish reporters in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek.