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

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The ability to make choices is one of the privileges of being a mature human; the choice to commit fully to your partner is both unselfish and ethical. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Everything changes for this happily married woman on a volunteer trip," 23 June 2019 Isleib was a 54-year-old beloved mother and grandmother, described as kind and unselfish. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester 1996 murder of Gayle Isleib spotlighted on Investigation Discovery TV show," 13 June 2019 Genes are insentient things and cannot be said to have any kind of purposeful selfish or unselfish behavior. Quanta Magazine, "Are Genes Selfish or Cooperative?," 14 Sep. 2017 Neymar then showed his unselfish side, crossing for Robert Firmino to score in the 88th minute. Rob Harris, BostonGlobe.com, "Neymar leads Brazil into World Cup quarterfinals," 2 July 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce unselfish (audio) \

Kids Definition of unselfish

: not selfish

Other Words from unselfish

unselfishly adverb
unselfishness noun

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