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vested interest

Definitions of vested interest
  1. noun
    (law) an interest in which there is a fixed right to present or future enjoyment and that can be conveyed to another
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    type of:
    interest, stake
    (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
  2. noun
    groups that seek to control a social system or activity from which they derive private benefit
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    types:
    military-industrial complex
    a country's military establishment and the industries that produce arms and other military equipment
    type of:
    interest, interest group
    (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims
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