unselfish

adjective
un·​self·​ish | \ ˌən-ˈsel-fish How to pronounce unselfish (audio) \

Definition of unselfish

: not selfish : generous

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Other Words from unselfish

unselfishly adverb
unselfishness noun

Examples of unselfish in a Sentence

She's a very unselfish young woman. an unselfish man who spends much of his time helping his community
Recent Examples on the Web Such action would be a splendid tribute to those unselfish, patriotic women who have gone to the front as nurses, and those others, in still greater numbers, who are engaged in earnest, useful war work. Kevin Leonard, baltimoresun.com, "Laurel’s long-running St. Mark’s Emancipation Proclamation Celebration started in 1902, and more history bits and pieces," 23 Apr. 2021 In that way, Ingles is the quintessential unselfish Jazz player. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: The Utah Jazz have a luxury — two sixth men, their Frick and their Frack, Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles," 23 Apr. 2021 Preston's style of play is contagious and makes others want to feed off that unselfish energy. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "How good is Ohio? Three reasons the Cinderella can go on deep March Madness run," 21 Mar. 2021 Jordan, however, has not been finding the right balance between being aggressive and being unselfish, his nine-assist game the other night notwithstanding. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Weekly Run: Are recent shooting woes by the shooting-dependent Utah Jazz cause for concern?," 8 Apr. 2021 Her unselfish play is the reason our forwards are scoring so many goals. oregonlive, "Staying on top of the ‘fall’ season: Week 3-4 stars in Oregon high school girls and boys soccer," 2 Apr. 2021 The award is presented to a nominee who is sincere about helping the community, has an exceptional track record of continued, unselfish giving and enjoys volunteering to help others towards making their communities better places to live. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 2 Apr. 2021 Easy layups and dunks were the fruits of their unselfish play. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Elite Eight takeaways from men's tournament: Bears get their groove back; Beavers have much to celebrate," 30 Mar. 2021 In two seasons, Gates has constructed a program where players excel academically (3.3 grade point average) and play unselfish/defensive style basketball on the court. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Coach Dennis Gates preparing CSU for another excellent season – Terry Pluto," 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unselfish

1698, in the meaning defined above

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28 Apr 2021

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“Unselfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unselfish. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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unselfish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unselfish

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

unselfish

adjective
un·​self·​ish | \ ˌən-ˈsel-fish How to pronounce unselfish (audio) \

Kids Definition of unselfish

: not selfish

Other Words from unselfish

unselfishly adverb
unselfishness noun

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