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 Courtney Lewis, a friend, mentor and former babysitter, said Blanchard was kind and selfless. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "‘Our Aniah is in heaven’: Loved ones celebrate life of slain Alabama college student," 21 Dec. 2019 Liked by everyone and loved by those closest to him for his gregarious and selfless nature. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 10/11," 11 Oct. 2019 Soleimani himself remains popular among many Iranians, who see him as a selfless hero fighting Iran’s enemies abroad. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "What we know about the strike that killed Iranian military leader Gen. Qasem Soleimani," 3 Jan. 2020 Soleimani himself remains popular among many Iranians, who see him as a selfless hero fighting Iran’s enemies abroad. Time, "President Trump Ordered Strike That Killed Top Iran Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Pentagon Says," 3 Jan. 2020 Soleimani himself remains popular among many Iranians, who see him as a selfless hero fighting Iran’s enemies abroad. Author: Qassim Abdul-zahra, Zeina Karam, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. kills Iran’s most powerful general in Baghdad strike," 3 Jan. 2020 The selfless work that Marion and her volunteers do for the community is nothing short of miraculous. Carmina Danini, ExpressNews.com, "Blessed Angels nonprofit helps San Antonians and area residents of all ages with food, school supplies, clothing and love," 24 Dec. 2019 In 1929, Captain William Wincapaw wanted to honor the selfless sacrifice of keepers and their families in his native Maine. David Kindy, Smithsonian, "After 90 Years, the ‘Flying Santa’ Is Still Dropping Gifts From a Plane," 17 Dec. 2019 But to me, the greater miracle is his mother, who has shown me what selfless sacrifice really is. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "This Husband's Beautiful Tribute to His Wife in Labor Is Going Viral: 'The Pain Was So Intense, Even I Felt It'," 10 Dec. 2019

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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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20 Feb 2020

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“Selfless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selfless?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=selfle01. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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