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

Definition of selfless

: having no concern for self : unselfish

Other Words from selfless

selflessly adverb
selflessness noun

Examples of selfless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this humanist film, which is as warm as an open fire on Christmas day, Jimmy Stewart plays the selfless George Bailey, who faces financial ruin and contemplates suicide in order to save his family. Hilary Weaver, ELLE, 1 June 2022 Stephen Curry is often held up as the ultimate example of selfless, ego-free, team-first guy, but the pressure of a big game can show a fellow’s true colors. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 May 2022 Cruise’s character is somehow positioned by Ehren Kruger, Eric Warren and Christopher McQuarrie’s screenplay as simultaneously a rule-breaking rebel and a selfless saint. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 May 2022 Walker, who's become a spokesman for USAA's NFL Salute to Service program, suspects his selfless attitude emanates from his father, a former Marine. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 Building an antiracist organization, and ultimately an antiracist economy, is selfless work. Isis Dallis, Quartz, 21 Apr. 2022 Prioritizing civics education in K-12 curriculum focused on instilling a sense of selfless, civic-minded behavior. Darcel Rockett,, 15 Apr. 2022 Karimloo sees him as faithful, even selfless, in his flawed way, to Fanny. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 The selfless gesture came as no surprise to Dugan, who coached Bowe at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton. Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of selfless

1651, in the meaning defined above

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“Selfless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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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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