unselfish

adjective un·self·ish \ ˌən-ˈsel-fish \
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

Definition of unselfish

: not selfish : generous

unselfishly

adverb

unselfishness

noun

Examples of unselfish in a Sentence

  1. She's a very unselfish young woman.

  2. an unselfish man who spends much of his time helping his community

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First Known Use of unselfish

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UNSELFISH Defined for English Language Learners

unselfish

Definition of unselfish for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing more concern for other people than for yourself : not selfish


UNSELFISH Defined for Kids

unselfish

adjective un·self·ish \ ˌən-ˈsel-fish \

Definition of unselfish for Students

: not selfish

unselfishly

adverb

unselfishness

noun


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