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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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or perhaps, more self-servingly, by a sustained period of lower prices which would prove cost-ineffective for producers in unconventional shale plays and hence choke off further investment in these regions.
After several days of the Israel attack, self-servingly code-named "Protective Edge" by Israel, US President Barack Obama has offered to mediate a return to the 2012 ceasefire that had been arranged through the good offices of Egypt after the earlier onslaught on Gaza.
Several Gulf monarchies and sheikhdoms have come crowding to back up this campaign, albeit self-servingly. They perceive a potent threat in the Brotherhood to their own conformist clerical establishments, which they manipulate and exploit with abandon to perpetuate their authoritative rules.
While Romm's party autobiography glossed over his family's heritage as publishers in Vilna, he did mention, perhaps self-servingly, that as a youngster he helped his older brothers carry out their duties in a Socialist Revolutionary cell.
Bacevich focuses on the shortsightedness of leadership within the military and their efforts to justify a large military force by self-servingly embracing force projection without regard for the consequences.
Thus, as churches and other religious institutions see their dogmas, influence and revenues threatened by an alternative to their divine-based moral system--their bread and butter--they self-servingly promote atheophobia, the fear and denigration of atheists and atheism.
"These provocations serve to incite and advance a Clash of Civilizations between the West and Islam - a concocted conflict in which Israel self-servingly portrays itself in the front lines of a war in defense of civilization against the medieval forces of radical Islam," said ?
And they already see him as the man who self-servingly insists that violence is down dramatically, even as more than a million Darfuris have been newly displaced since UNAMID took up its mandate on January 1, 2008.
And anybody who believes that Ascot's latest descent into self-servingly snobbish, embarrassingly elitist PR purgatory is an irrelevance that will pass in the fullness of time should remember that when Britain's highest-profile Flat track hits the news headlines, for 'Ascot' read 'racing'.
In this particular sense, Bosch falls prey to his own criticism of theologians who are self-servingly restrictive in their selection of texts while trying to justify a too narrow theory of mission.
Nonetheless, I believe the choice was also much inspired by the environment in which I existed and in which I, without doubt self-servingly, felt a bit marginal.
Mehta's perceived plight will come as no surprise to teacher educators, who are well aware of the widespread public perception that teacher education is an archaic enterprise, out of touch with teachers' real-world needs, stubbornly and self-servingly refusing to teach teachers the simple, finite set of skills they need to survive (Lucas, 1999).