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

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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 Because Debra is so selfless, recently the school district invited her down to the auto shop to surprise her with friends and family, as well as some better wheels to deliver those meals. Steve Hartman, CBS News, ""Auntie Debra" doles out a heaping helping of hospitality even after lunch hour ends," 22 June 2018 Andrea Heiser’s obituary describes her as a selfless person who brought joy to the people around her. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "3 girls hid in their home. Stepdad ‘laughed’ as he killed their mom and sister, Ohio father says | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 There are no shortage of advertisements reminding women to be doting, selfless mothers; to be exquisite cooks; and joyful cleaners of laundry; and to never, ever, ever let our looks go. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reactions to Gillette Ad Prove Toxic Masculinity Is Real," 18 Jan. 2019 Andre Iguodala The Golden State Warriors’ cohesion has wobbled of late, but their tough, selfless co-captain provided the spine in critical moments in 2018—while taking a collaborative approach to leadership. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Close the Hall of Fame, Cancel the MVP Award: There’s a Better Way," 27 Dec. 2018 His contribution to one of the most iconic moments in U.S. soccer history was only part of a lifetime of selfless contributions to the game. Ronald Blum, Washington Post, "Walter Bahr, last member of U.S. soccer team that upset England in 1950, dies at 91," 20 June 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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