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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Bob was such a selfless man who enjoyed volunteering his time at many different locations including Riverside Health Care and St. Rose Church and School in East Hartford, as well as at St. James School in Manchester. courant.com, "Robert E. Emrick," 8 Aug. 2019 Jewell's attorney Michael Manley of Flint, however, paints a picture of a selfless man, dedicated to his family and others, who did wrong but tried to clean up a corrupt situation that predated him. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Former UAW VP compared to captain of Titanic in plea for leniency," 30 July 2019 In China, fans girls come from all backgrounds and are bound together by a selfless love for their idols. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, "China’s fan-girl culture is mobilizing against the Hong Kong protests," 18 Aug. 2019 The effort led to the publication of articles describing him as a selfless and forward-thinking philanthropist with an interest in science on websites like Forbes, National Review and HuffPost. New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein Pitched a New Narrative. These Sites Published It.," 21 July 2019 His selfless and generous support for programs and projects throughout the state improved the lives of countless West Virginians. Gina Martinez, Time, "Billionaire Coal Executive Chris Cline Reported Dead After Helicopter Crash in Bahamas," 5 July 2019 The intention behind serving the needy is seva—selfless community service—that is integral not just to Sikhism but many other faiths. Ali Kazimi, Quartz India, "A Canadian artist is keeping the embers of Sikh separatism alive with false equivalences," 27 June 2019 Now researchers are beginning to explore whether parasitic manipulations may spur host behaviors that are selfless rather than suicidal. Quanta Magazine, "Can Microbes Encourage Altruism?," 29 June 2017 Our angel has just always been the sweetest, kindest, and most selfless lil girl her entire life. Fox News, "Idaho girl, 9, dies after freak accident, organs are donated to 5 people, family says," 4 Aug. 2019

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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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