My Roget's and online sources aren't helpful. I'm looking for words or short phrases that can be used as synonyms for conflicts of interest.


  • Your question is going to be closed unless you can provide evidence of any research that you have done. For example, what synonyms have you found for war, the ultimate conflict of interest? – Mick Nov 11 '16 at 21:54
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    @Mick - I don't see how you can regard "war" as a synonym for "conflict of interest". – Hot Licks Nov 11 '16 at 23:54
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    Macmillan comes up with "favoritism" and "unfairness", though those are not particularly synonymous, in my opinion. – Hot Licks Nov 11 '16 at 23:59
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    The Wikipedia article gives the specific subtypes of nepotism and self-dealing. There is also the term quid pro quo, which may or may not represent a COI. You might also use the vaguer term "lack of impartiality". – Hot Licks Nov 12 '16 at 0:11

"conflict of interest" has no direct sysnonyms. It is a uniquely expressive phrase and has few shortform equivalences.

Although depending on context, you could potentially use bias, nepotism, partiallity, partisanship, preferential treatment, etc.

However these, and other similar words/phrases, don't capture the exact meaning of "conflict of interest".

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