selfless

adjective

self·​less ˈsel-fləs How to pronounce selfless (audio)
: having no concern for self : unselfish
selflessly adverb
selflessness noun

Examples of selfless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most were immigrants, but all were Marylanders — hard-working, strong, and selfless. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, 5 Apr. 2024 Dogs, our sunny, selfless shadows, crave little more than a daily walk, a treat or two, and their human’s happiness. Sarah Owermohle, STAT, 5 Apr. 2024 Sharon starts with small selfless acts, much to the baffled chagrin of Michelle’s grieving widower father, Ed (Alan Ritchson), cutting hair for a charity fundraiser, organizing the family’s mounting bills and babysitting Michelle and her slightly older sister, Ashley (Skywalker Hughes). Courtney Howard, Variety, 20 Feb. 2024 This is a solemn reminder of the selfless service of officers and first responders who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. Brenna Gauchat, The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2024 Our nation lost a selfless and indefatigable public servant in Joe Lieberman. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2024 An outgoing personality and a selfless heart Mattie Olivia Nicholson was born in Oakland on July 9, 1967, to Geraldine Nicholson. Ariane Lange, Sacramento Bee, 25 Mar. 2024 The coach had also surrounded the hometown hero with experienced transfers who, after starring at their former programs, were selfless enough to help a generational young talent shine. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2024 All of these people represent selfless service & the best of America. Rebecca Cohen, NBC News, 10 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of selfless was in 1651

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“Selfless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selfless. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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selfless

adjective
self·​less ˈsel-fləs How to pronounce selfless (audio)
: having no concern for self : unselfish
selflessly adverb
selflessness noun

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