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 Still, citizens have rallied together, evoking the memories of the spirit of community and selfless volunteerism that rose during World War II, which were echoed by the queen. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "As Britain battles a pandemic, a volunteer spirit stirs," 10 Apr. 2020 On the contrary, UCSF leadership has been heroic and selfless, working around the clock to provide the best care possible to those with COVID-19 while protecting other patients and staff. Louise Aronson, The Atlantic, "Ageism Is Making the Pandemic Worse," 28 Mar. 2020 The Daly family wants to send a special shout out to the incredibly brave & selfless medical staff at our hospital in New York and also the many courageous people on the front lines of this dreadful virus. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Carson Daly and wife Siri welcome baby No. 4 amid coronavirus outbreak," 27 Mar. 2020 First his mom, the family's selfless caregiver who tends to everyone before herself. Freep.com, "Metro Detroit family with coronavirus speaks out: 'It's unlike anything. Stay home.'," 22 Mar. 2020 The novel’s sharpest insight may lie in connecting Andres’s selfish reinvention with Leo’s apparently selfless one. Alex Cuadros, New York Times, "Step 1: Move to Peru. Step 2: Join the Marxist Struggle.," 10 Mar. 2020 Robert isn't the only person who Dakota, and the family's selfless decision, helped save. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Recipient of heart transplant sends teddy bear with heartbeat to donor's family," 10 Feb. 2020 Mary was well known for her extraordinary cooking and baking, her independent spirit, and her selfless generosity. courant.com, "Mary Labbadia," 14 May 2018 His nomination letter speaks to his work ethic, his selfless commitment to filling in gaps, and an unflappable ability to produce quality journalism on difficult nights. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Dallas Morning News honors 14 staff members, 2 teams as Journalists of the Year," 28 Feb. 2020

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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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16 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Selfless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selfless. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for selfless

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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