unselfish

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

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

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Doncic certainly has a case as a natural playmaker who could help set an unselfish tone for the rest of the franchise. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft Lottery Guide: What Are Your Team's Chances?," 14 May 2018 Newcomers Larry Nance and Hill (when healthy) can defend and are very unselfish. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers Scribbles: What a difference a few moves make! -- Terry Pluto," 12 Feb. 2018 But Sweden got to this same point by playing smart and unselfish soccer. Anne M. Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "Southgate: England match against Sweden 'bloody difficult'," 5 July 2018 In other words: An unselfish locker room that comes together to form something greater than its individual parts would suggest. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Cowardly super teams turning NBA into a laugher," 3 July 2018 That unselfish style of play has permeated through the roster and the players have taken pride in finding joy whenever someone else on the team succeed. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "The Core 4: Pelicans path to second round fueled by play of stars," 24 Apr. 2018 Angela has built up a huge bank of appreciation for her unselfish activities for our community over 15 years. Steve West, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A rally for MAMA | Opinion," 9 July 2018 Their locker room is filled with smart, unselfish, team-first guys. Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com, "Saints don't need Odell Beckham Jr. or the headaches he'd bring," 27 Mar. 2018 This team is so unselfish that the ball usually finds the hot hand. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "4 reasons Final Four-bound Loyola Chicago will win the national championship," 24 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unselfish

1698, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of unselfish

: not selfish

Other Words from unselfish

unselfishly adverb
unselfishness noun

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