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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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 And risking prison by returning to Pakistan would bolster his claim to be a selfless defender of democracy from military meddling, rather than a self-serving politician caught with his beak in the till. The Economist, "The boss of Pakistan’s ruling party is sentenced to ten years in jail," 6 July 2018 The job of an Akron firefighter is about selfless service to the community. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "Firefighters accused of making pornography at Akron, Ohio, fire station," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of selfless

1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of selfless was in 1651

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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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