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selfish

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adjective self·ish \ˈsel-fish\

Simple Definition of selfish

  • : having or showing concern only for yourself and not for the needs or feelings of other people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of selfish

  1. 1 :  concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself :  seeking or concentrating on one's own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others

  2. 2 :  arising from concern with one's own welfare or advantage in disregard of others <a selfish act>

  3. 3 :  being an actively replicating repetitive sequence of nucleic acid that serves no known function <selfish DNA>; also :  being genetic material solely concerned with its own replication <selfish genes>

selfishly adverb
selfishness noun

SELFISH Defined for Kids

selfish

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adjective self·ish \ˈsel-fish\

Definition of selfish for Students

  1. :  taking care of only your own needs and feelings without thought for others

selfishly adverb
selfishness noun



Medical Dictionary

selfish

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adjective self·ish \ˈsel-fish\

Medical Definition of selfish

  1. :  being an actively replicating repetitive sequence of nucleic acid that serves no known function <selfish DNA>; also :  being genetic material solely concerned with its own replication <selfish genes>





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