the circumstance of a public officeholder, business executive, or the like, whose personal interests might benefit from his or her official actions or influence:
The senator placed his stocks in trust to avoid possible conflict of interest.
the circumstance of a person who finds that one of his or her activities, interests, etc., can be advanced only at the expense of another of them.
A situation in which someone who has to make a decision in an official capacity stands to profit personally from the decision. For example, a judge who rules on a case involving a corporation in which he or she owns stock has a conflict of interest.
noun 1. dissimilarity or discrepancy between the laws of different legal orders, such as states or nations, with regard to the applicable legal rules and principles in a matter that each legal order wishes to regulate. 2. Also called private international law. the branch of law dealing with the determination of the law applicable to […]
[verb kuh n-flikt; noun kon-flikt] /verb kənˈflɪkt; noun ˈkɒn flɪkt/ verb (used without object) 1. to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash: The account of one eyewitness conflicted with that of the other. My class conflicts with my going to the concert. 2. to fight or contend; do […]
[kon-floo-uh ns] /ˈkɒn flu əns/ noun 1. a flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like: the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. 2. their place of junction: St. Louis is at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. 3. a body of water formed by the flowing together of […]
adj. 1950, in psychological writing, from conflict (n.) on model of habitual, etc.