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

Recent Examples on the Web Sengupta, 27, was also selfless, those who knew him said. BostonGlobe.com, "“He had that kind of a nature,” Solanki Sengupta said in a phone interview from the family’s home in Mumbai. “He would have done it for anybody, anybody. If he saw a stranger, if he saw a dog, if he saw a cat.”," 10 Sep. 2019 Somalia’s president expressed condolences and said Osman’s service as mayor had been selfless. Washington Post, "Somalia says Mogadishu mayor dies after attack in office," 1 Aug. 2019 Below stairs, Joanne Froggatt remains Anna May Bates, lady’s maid to Mary, and Brendan Coyle returns as her selfless hubby, John Bates. Washington Post, "Did you lose Downton Abbey in the British fog? Catch up here," 10 Sep. 2019 Pam will be fondly remembered by her family and friends as a kind and compassionate woman with an infectious laugh, who was selfless, to a fault. courant.com, "Pamela Jean Peterson," 1 Sep. 2019 Back in South Carolina it’s selfless, discipline and family. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Winderman: Jimmy Butler’s next step is arriving as a leader | Commentary," 24 Aug. 2019 Her son described her as selfless, someone who was always thinking about everyone else’s comfort. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Betsy Ebeling, friend to many including Hillary Clinton, dies at 72," 30 July 2019 In the summer of 2016, May was chosen by her party to tackle the enormous implications of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union because she was seen as credible, selfless, and pragmatic—and as having a shot at uniting the country. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Just How Crazy Is Boris Johnson?," 24 July 2019 Risking your life for medical, technological and scientific advancements all over the world is a selfless act based in love for all humankind. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al.com, "Apollo 11 stepping out in faith," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of selfless

1651, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of selfless was in 1651

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selfless

adjective
How to pronounce selfless (audio)

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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