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 His unselfish generosity, kind spirit, and helpful attitude are but a few of the attributes that make Tim such a valuable team member here at Day Kimball. courant.com, 28 May 2021 Even when he was asked Wednesday night specifically about ball movement and unselfish play, which are generally a couple of his favorite subjects, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr twirled the attention to reserve wing Kent Bazemore. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Apr. 2021 But the improvement in academics and tough-minded, unselfish style of play already had Garrett thinking long-term about Gates after one season. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 20 May 2021 The Warriors won a fourth straight game for the first time this season and moved back to .500, largely because of Toscano-Anderson scoring a career-high 20 points in another impactful and unselfish performance. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Apr. 2021 Offensively the Patriots return an unselfish and talented group that will be led by Marindin, Smith, Mink, Carrigan and Snellenburg. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, 2 Apr. 2021 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, 23 Apr. 2021 In that way, Ingles is the quintessential unselfish Jazz player. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Apr. 2021 Preston's style of play is contagious and makes others want to feed off that unselfish energy. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unselfish

1698, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unselfish was in 1698

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“Unselfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unselfish. Accessed 14 Jun. 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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