un·​self·​con·​scious | \ ˌən-ˌself-ˈkän(t)-shəs How to pronounce unselfconscious (audio) \
variants: or less commonly unself-conscious

Definition of unselfconscious

: not self-conscious Ray's humility … was profound and unselfconscious and one of the most astonishing things about him.— Jay McInerney unselfconscious laughter

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Other Words from unselfconscious

unselfconsciously or less commonly unself-consciously adverb
speaking/laughing unselfconsciously It is the architect's duty, therefore, to create unselfconsciously beautiful structures that bring harmony and order to the world. — Jon Krakauer
unselfconsciousness or less commonly unself-consciousness noun

Examples of unselfconscious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That comes with a splash of defensiveness — the desire to protect this unavoidable, immutable and generally unselfconscious presentation that signals a whole way of life. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "How Does a New Yawker Tawk?," 11 Apr. 2020 Just a sunset, a stage, a really good story and a troupe of irresistibly unselfconscious extroverts to tell it. Margaret Gray, latimes.com, "Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival kicks off with 'Twelfth Night'," 28 June 2019 But the quality of eccentricity here is such that people are rather gentle and slightly unselfconscious and, oddly enough, quite unsnobby. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, "How Rumors of a Feud Between Kate Middleton and Rose Cholmondeley Captivated a Posh Corner of Britain," 5 Aug. 2019 Not a lot of teens would be unselfconscious enough to do something like that, but Benjamin wasn’t embarrassed. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Alec Benjamin Is a Pop Storyteller for the Next Generation," 21 June 2019 The actors, Vinberg foremost among them, are wonderfully unselfconscious, preoccupied not with the cliches of adolescence—looks, for one—but with less tangible qualities. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "Skate Kitchen Is Chock-Full of Memorable Characters," 10 Aug. 2018 Pike has mastered this mix, but in an unselfconscious way. Janine Di Giovanni, Town & Country, "Hollywood Chameleon Rosamund Pike Tackles the Life Story of War Correspondent Marie Colvin," 15 Nov. 2018 Elijah Rayman is totally unselfconscious as Oliver, playing to his fellow cast members instead of working the crowd for cheers and tears. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Oliver!’ Reviews: Applause Outdoors and for Orphans," 2 Aug. 2018 His ironic, unselfconscious humor can be contagious. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Park Avenue's Pet Whisperer," 3 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of unselfconscious

1866, in the meaning defined above

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24 May 2020

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“Unselfconscious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unselfconscious. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unselfconscious

: confident and comfortable : not self-conscious

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