unselfish

adjective

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

Example Sentences

She's a very unselfish young woman. an unselfish man who spends much of his time helping his community
Recent Examples on the Web Minutes later, with UConn’s defense intensified and the Musketeers unable to score, Jordan Hawkins made an unselfish pass to a wide open Tristen Newton (whose block gave the Huskies possession) in the corner for 3, cutting the deficit to four. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 31 Dec. 2022 Dybantsa’s unselfish play benefits every other player on the floor. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Dec. 2022 Here is how Haupt describes his top players: • Dixon — The hub of our team, an unselfish player. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 Meschery fell in love with his former team’s unselfish offense and joyful style that reminded him of his playground days. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Nov. 2022 Chelmsford senior cocaptain Remoré Serra (1), a UMass-Amherst commit who has been the Lions' MVP since her sophomore year, has been described by coach Susan D'Agostino as an unselfish player. Kat Cornetta, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Oct. 2022 This unselfish team is built to handle this kind of grind. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 3 Dec. 2021 Mark, Roberts, Ja'Vier Francis and Jamal Shead joined Sasser in double-figure scoring, with unselfish play serving as a prevailing theme throughout the night. Josh Criswell, Chron, 29 Nov. 2022 The bonding, the friendships, the unselfish play are things that excite Haupt. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

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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