selfless

adjective
self·​less | \ ˈsel-fləs How to pronounce selfless (audio) \

Definition of selfless

: having no concern for self : unselfish

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Other Words from selfless

selflessly adverb
selflessness noun

Examples of selfless in a Sentence

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Stories about Reeves' selfless acts have circulated online for years. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "People have noticed that Keanu Reeves keeps his hands off women in photos," 13 June 2019 There is nothing that coaches love more than the selfless act of drawing a charge—when a player on defense sets his feet long enough to let another player inflict bodily harm in the hopes that a referee will call an offensive foul. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Few. The Proud. The Players Who Have Been Run Over by Zion Williamson.," 5 Dec. 2018 Launched in 2012, the community service project follows one of the basic tenets of Sikhism, the fifth-largest world religion, by performing selfless acts of service to others. Melanie Burney, Philly.com, "New Jersey Sikhs seek to promote awareness through acts of charity and faith," 13 Apr. 2018 Thank you for your selfless acts of heroism and courage. Orion Donovan-smith, Washington Post, "When a 90-year-old’s house caught fire, teens from across the street rushed in to save her," 7 June 2019 Instead, Southgate will rely on selfless players such as Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Jake Livermore and the unheralded Lewis Cook, who will keep their shape and allow the wing backs and forward players to offer a goal threat. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Countdown: England looking to break streak of disappointment in Russia," 9 June 2018 James' refusal to commit to long-term contracts here is as self-absorbed as his play can be selfless. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "LeBron James will not 'shut up and dribble' -- Bill Livingston (photos)," 17 Feb. 2018 In those months leading up to Durant’s controversial decision, the Warriors were well aware that he was drawn to their selfless style of play in which ball movement is king. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "That's that: Kevin Durant's epic Game 3 should put an end to iso-ball chatter," 7 June 2018 Rose was selfless, sassy, generous, loving, funny and strong. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/10," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of selfless

1651, in the meaning defined above

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selfless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of selfless

: having or showing great concern for other people and little or no concern for yourself

selfless

adjective
self·​less | \ ˈsel-fləs How to pronounce selfless (audio) \

Kids Definition of selfless

: showing great concern for and willingness to give unselfishly to others

Other Words from selfless

selflessly adverb
selflessness noun

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