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self-serving

adj. referring to a question asked of a party to a lawsuit or a statement by that person that serves no purpose and provides no evidence, but only argues or reinforces the legal position of that party. Example: Question asked by a lawyer of his own client: "Are you the sort of person who would never do anything dishonest?" Such a question may be objected to as "self-serving" by the opposing lawyer, and then will be disallowed by the judge, unless there is some evidentiary value. Some people add self-serving comments to their testimony, such as "I never tell lies," which can be stricken from the record as a self-serving declaration. (See: objection)

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Rather transparently and perhaps self-servingly, Brown paints himself as Keats's ideal friend and caregiver.
14) In addition, an individual who processes information self-servingly in these areas will be "happier, more caring, and more productive than the individual who perceives this same information accurately" (Taylor and Brown, 1988, 205).
Osborne is careful not to join in the triumphalist versions of Savoy history that self-servingly see this state as the harbinger of the Italian nation.
Some analysts in the United States have self-servingly tried to interpret opposition to US unilateralism as resentment of the "American values" of freedom, democracy, and free market prosperity.
Among his haters, he's an overrated director, who self-servingly invokes the "race card" and flaunts his Knicks season tickets.
He also wrote, rather self-servingly, that "modern political choice is not a constant process of selecting men or measures, but a single or infrequent choice between packages in which we buy the disagreeable part of the contents because there is no other way to be politically effective.
Exiled in disgrace to Panama after seducing too many Ambassadors' wives, charming but self-servingly corrupt MI6 agent Andy Osnard (Pierce Brosnan) leans on Harry Pendel (Geoffrey Rush, subtly the right side of overacting), gentleman's tailor to the rich and powerful, to sell him information on his clients.
I think it's edifying to remind ourselves that to be political doesn't primarily mean to be amorally opportunistic or shortsightedly and self-servingly scheming.
Such narrators include the obtusely benighted Edward in Ford's Good Soldier, the glaringly vicious and prejudiced Jason Compson in his monologue in Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, and the self-servingly "dignified" butler who narrates Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day.
I believe, self-servingly or not, that I have the market's best interest at heart, whereas a more calculated, bottom-line approach might not.
They would have been outraged had the Olympics been suspended, and undoubtedly would have condemned the IOC for what they would have self-servingly interpreted as interference in the politics of the Middle East.
Reinforcing Victorian sensibilities about female sexuality that self-servingly bolstered their marketing scheme, they feminized sites of birth-control buying.