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 Orlando played unselfish basketball to reach the playoffs. Iliana Limón Romero, orlandosentinel.com, "Celebrating 10 best Orlando sports moments in 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 After finishing 24th in assists last season, Bickerstaff drilled down on a share-the-wealth approach, demanding the Cavs become the league’s most unselfish team. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers passing every test, proving doubters wrong with 3-0 start," 28 Dec. 2020 Favors said Rubio's unselfish play rubbed off on Mitchell and others during Rubio's two seasons with the Jazz. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Wolves' Ricky Rubio is "one of my favorite guys," Jazz veteran Derrick Favors says," 26 Dec. 2020 But Garland believes the team played too unselfish and turned down quality open looks, which led to the spike. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Darius Garland shows the growing pains of a young point guard," 15 Dec. 2020 The Cavs are focusing on install -- offense and defense -- along with establishing a culture of accountability and an identity as a hard-working, tough, competitive team that plays a purposeful, unselfish style. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers using video feeds to keep Kevin Porter Jr., JaVale McGee engaged during training camp," 8 Dec. 2020 The staff focuses on building deep rosters by recruiting unselfish players but also those with the right skill set and fit. Bob Ferrante, orlandosentinel.com, "FSU coach Leonard Hamilton, Seminoles push for ACC title," 13 Nov. 2020 Five men nearest the mine were slightly wounded, but 1st Lt. Fournet's heroic and unselfish act spared his men of serious injury or death. Drew Broach | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "On Veterans Day, meet all 26 of Louisiana's Medal of Honor recipients," 10 Nov. 2020 Johnson on Tuesday called Jones an unselfish playmaker who can score at all three levels. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "Hectic freshman season has Louisville's David Johnson eager for sophomore campaign," 22 Oct. 2020

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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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10 Jan 2021

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“Unselfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unselfish. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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unselfish

adjective
How to pronounce unselfish (audio)

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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