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

Definition of unselfish

: not selfish : generous

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 For all of his individual accomplishments, Wagner earns his greatest respect for his unselfish nature and his eagerness to see his teammates excel, according to junior catcher Jake LaVine. Matt Le Cren, chicagotribune.com, 5 Apr. 2022 While some teams have a go-to guy that defenses must key in on, the Chargers beat opponents with unselfish play. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 14 Mar. 2022 Menominee plays an incredibly unselfish game; on Thursday, the Maroons had 24 assists on their 26 baskets. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, 24 Mar. 2022 Lynch said the key to his team's success is not just the scoring prowess of Calmese and Gonzales, but how unselfish those two guys have been. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 Given their absences at guard currently, that unselfish style will be even more important given the tight Eastern Conference race. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 27 Feb. 2022 McGee said Pederson, a role player much of his career, will mesh perfectly with the unselfish ethos in the Giants’ clubhouse, and the team has thought the same for awhile, pursuing Pederson before last season, too. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Mar. 2022 There were unselfish passes, solid screens and passionate rebounding. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 Dyson said the key to the Lions’ tremendous success has been their core values of faith, hard work and having unselfish culture that emanates throughout the program. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unselfish

1698, in the meaning defined above

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“Unselfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unselfish. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for unselfish


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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