self·​less | \ ˈsel-fləs How to pronounce selfless (audio) \

Definition of selfless

: having no concern for self : unselfish

Other Words from selfless

selflessly adverb
selflessness noun

Examples of selfless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Join me in showing our appreciation for their selfless service. The Arizona Republic, 10 Jan. 2022 As long ago as the 1700s, AAPIs have shaped the fabric of our country with contributions to our infrastructure, economy, selfless military service, and so much more. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 30 Dec. 2021 But the Santee man credits an unseen presence that was with him that day for the selfless act that earned him a 2021 Carnegie Medal for extraordinary heroism. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2021 For Hindus, Diwali is a time for dana (charitable giving) and seva (selfless service). Editors, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2021 Just ask Javier Herrera, Chico Herrera, or Marissa Rohan. Javier Herrera’s 17 years of anonymous employment with the Dodgers was interrupted by one selfless act in 2015. Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2021 Anyone who watched Season 4 knows that being pregnant did not make Serena a more selfless person. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 Detroit Red Wings enthusiast father and my selfless, caffeinated mother in Metro-Detroit. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Jan. 2022 How could the community fail to be moved by an earnest single father and his selfless good deed? Leah Greenblatt,, 5 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of selfless

1651, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2022

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“Selfless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of selfless

: having or showing great concern for other people and little or no concern for yourself


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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