selfless

adjective
self·less | \ˈsel-fləs \

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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Although there was no return address on the package, Mike's wife Joanie wanted to thank the selfless individual who had returned the special note to the family. Christina Oehler, Woman's Day, "Dad Loses Wallet with Son's Precious Note at Concert, Thinks It's Gone Forever Until...," 15 July 2015 Most of all, Jerzy will be remembered as a selfless and hardworking father who was devoted to his family and to his community. courant.com, "Jerzy George Budnik," 12 June 2018 Fathers across the region owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Plush, who had a big week in his selfless crusade to make sure Cincinnati City Hall fixes its inept 911 system. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Why Ron Plush is keeping the pressure on Cincinnati City Hall," 14 June 2018 There were suggestions from the Brazil camp that Tite, who has trodden a careful diplomatic line with Neymar, had spoken specifically to the 26-year-old about being more selfless. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Brazil Secures Its Win, but Neymar's Actions Remain a Lightning Rod," 22 June 2018 In the last year, teammates have casually praised him for being selfless, uncaring about his shots and unselfish. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Basketball, family one and the same to Bucks' Tony Snell," 12 Jan. 2018 Forgo the sheet masks and serums Wednesday night to take part in this selfless act that contributes to the self-care of others. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "7 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Her selfless brilliance had somehow gone wholly unacknowledged. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Now on Broadway: SpongeBob ChauvinistPants," 11 July 2018 And a hard-working, selfless group of mostly unheralded players who are simply living out their dream in front of the watching world. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup Countdown: Iceland, the feel-good story looking to surprise again," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of selfless

1651, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for selfless

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 \

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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