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 But Hamilton is an unselfish team who makes the extra passes to set up higher percentage shots that averages almost 60 points per game. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Arizona high school girls hoops 2A-6A championships breakdown: Who will win state titles?," 27 Feb. 2020 Veteran teams with unselfish cores and strong chemistry often do well against younger, more talent-dependent teams. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Belmont wins Ohio Valley's auto bid and very well could be this year's big Cinderella," 8 Mar. 2020 The unselfish one: Coen said that senior Bolden Brace is hard-wired to be a role player. Joe Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Local men’s basketball teams angle for seeding position in conference tourneys," 18 Feb. 2020 The Rams coach instituted Cheshire traditions such as the Tommy DiDomizio Memorial Award, presented annually to the senior who had shown the most unselfish commitment to the program. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Why there’s more to CSU Rams Steve Addazio than Urban Meyer," 21 Dec. 2019 So everyone is trying to play balls in, play unselfish soccer and score goals. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "No. 1 Curley soccer states its case as area’s best with 3-0 win over No. 4 McDonogh," 8 Oct. 2019 Williamson was blessed with unusual strength and athleticism, but also with a nonstop competitive streak, an unselfish approach and a contagious understanding that basketball should be fun. The Si Staff, SI.com, "SI's College Basketball All-Decade Team: First Team," 2 Oct. 2019 In his 19th season as coach, Paul Connolly writes the message on a white board before every practice and game, emphasizing ball movement and unselfish play. BostonGlobe.com, "Inside the Newton North boys’ basketball program, the phrase “Team Above Self” is a daily reminder.," 1 Jan. 2020 The skilful Argentinian set up the first goal with a pinpoint corner and assisted the third thanks to his sharp press of the City backline and a smart, unselfish pass. SI.com, "Norwich Premier League Month in Review: September - Best Player, Worst Performance & Overall Rating," 6 Oct. 2019

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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 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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