selfless

adjective
self·​less | \ˈsel-fləs \

Definition of selfless 

: having no concern for self : unselfish

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from selfless

selflessly adverb
selflessness noun

Examples of selfless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

But there is something unique about Aggie that has produced this amazingly empathic, selfless woman. Derek Blasberg, WSJ, "How the Record-Breaking Sale of a Lichtenstein Painting Changed Agnes Gund’s Life," 31 Oct. 2018 The Bomberos Voluntarios Berisso fire brigade where Ayala volunteers paid their own tribute to the selfless woman. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Police officer praised for breastfeeding malnourished baby while on duty at hospital," 20 Aug. 2018 Behind the scenes, however, former players and staff remember him as a compassionate, fatherly, selfless boss who doted on his people. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Goodbye Swaggering CEOs; Hello Mr. Rogers," 3 Nov. 2018 Since then Seaman's selfless actions received due admiration and recognition, from no less than President Trump. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "'You are heroes also': Jason Seaman's parents thank Noblesville community," 5 June 2018 But in crisis, self-care is one of the most selfless actions. Alexandra Pattillo, CNN, "Too much bad news can make you sick," 1 June 2018 Lonnie Ali, the wife of the boxing champion, presented the Unsung Hero Award named for her husband to Jonathan Smith and Tom McGrath for their selfless actions during the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Celebrity Fight Night honors Ali's spirit and calls for a cure," 10 Mar. 2018 Westinghouse’s many biographers portray him as quiet and essentially selfless. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 Dixie always put other people first and lived a caring and selfless life. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 3/28," 28 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'selfless.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of selfless

1651, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about selfless

Statistics for selfless

Last Updated

11 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for selfless

The first known use of selfless was in 1651

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

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

More from Merriam-Webster on selfless

Spanish Central: Translation of selfless

Nglish: Translation of selfless for Spanish Speakers

Comments on selfless

What made you want to look up selfless? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to enclose within walls

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!