from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A conflict between a person's private interests and public obligations.
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- n. A situation in which someone in a position of trust, such as a lawyer, insurance adjuster, a politician, executive or director of a corporation or a medical research scientist or physician, has competing professional or personal interests.
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- n. a situation in which a public official's decisions are influenced by the official's personal interests
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Ironically, when the committee was being assembled, the IOM’s strenuous effort to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest had led to concern on the part of the vaccine establishment that committee members wouldn’t be able to understand the nuances of the issues under discussion.
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