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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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"This is something that is very self-serving. The politicians will really want to entrench themselves in power.
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'In the end, the move was defeated not by the Senate or the Courts but by the people including the various churches who showed outrage against such a self-serving act.
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Rather than criticizing their efforts, the Alliance should recognize the efforts of the task force as more conducive to achieving an appropriate level of safety in high-rise buildings than by its own self-serving misinformation.
Shadow Welsh education minister Helen Mary Jones said the time had now come to abandon the ``grubby, venal and self-serving'' coalition and give Wales ``honest government for the last couple of months''.
Yet without self-serving reasons, there is little logical sense in intervening.
Second, the input they do provide is often ineffective because it is self-serving and "shrill."
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