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 Those learning of his death on Facebook described him as a mentor who was generous, selfless, joyful, always friendly and welcoming. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Seng Yang, who helped resettle thousands of Hmong refugees, dies at 64 in St. Paul," 21 Dec. 2019 But their motivations may not be entirely selfless, because the contracts for Copernicus are spread among member states in line with their contributions. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Space budget boost puts Europe in lead to monitor carbon from space," 5 Dec. 2019 When that turned out not to be the case, Trump not only damaged himself but the idea of the selfless billionaire savior too. Anand Giridharadas, Time, "How America’s Elites Lost Their Grip," 21 Nov. 2019 University of Texas of the Permian Basin provided a fun, selfless moment. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: How improbable has Louisville football's bounce-back season been?," 19 Nov. 2019 McGregor, by contrast, is relatively quiet and reserved for much of the story, using his shy good looks to sell his character as a selfless hospice worker. John Wenzel, The Know, "Review: “Doctor Sleep” melds King, Kubrick’s dark visions into an alluring nightmare," 8 Nov. 2019 When her young husband is sent to fight, partly as retaliation for the angered Duke's humiliation, Cyrano proves his selfless valor by slipping past enemy lines each day to send Christian's love missives to Roxanne. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cyrano': Theater Review," 8 Nov. 2019 Logan and Briggs Connolly were happy boys who loved life — one a gentle and selfless artist who made handmade Valentines for every kid in class, the other a jokester who was determined to make people laugh. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Final farewell for Grosse Pointe brothers Logan and Briggs Connolly who died in fire," 2 Nov. 2019 But a few selfless souls have signed up to get the the infection so that one day, perhaps none of us will have to endure it ever again -- and they get paid, too. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Researchers are paying people to be deliberately infected with the flu virus," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of selfless

1651, in the meaning defined above

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9 Jan 2020

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“Selfless.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selflessness. Accessed 22 January 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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