unselfish

adjective

un·​self·​ish ˌən-ˈsel-fish How to pronounce unselfish (audio)
: not selfish : generous
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 Nor has his unselfish winning aura, playing on four NCAA Tournament teams in four years, twice reaching the second week and last year coming one game short of a national championship. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2024 Sacramento, like Denver, has an unselfish center who is an expert passer. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 He’s had so many comments that were so unselfish in not blaming anything or anybody. Gary Bedore, Kansas City Star, 7 Mar. 2024 An unselfish brand of basketball on both ends of the court that resulted in the Pride defeating Modesto Christian 64-52 on Saturday night and punching their ticket to a championship matchup with Archbishop Riordan. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 3 Mar. 2024 The Ravens were unselfish and that is difficult to accomplish in this day and age. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024 The unselfish play started early with senior guard Emma Hendricks passing up an open shot off a shot-fake and dribble to find Montgomery underneath for an easy lay-in and 4-2 lead. Paul Shepherd, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Jan. 2024 Martin said that playing unselfish, team basketball has been the driving force of the Wolves’ dominant 30 game win streak. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 To shift things that drastically, Jones said, took both commitment and guys being unselfish. Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, 22 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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 24 May. 2024.

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unselfish

adjective
un·​self·​ish ˌən-ˈsel-fish How to pronounce unselfish (audio)
ˈən-
: not selfish : generous
unselfishly adverb
unselfishness noun

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