un·​self·​ish | \ ˌən-ˈsel-fish How to pronounce unselfish (audio) \

Definition of unselfish

: not selfish : generous

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 As a manger, Melvin places a premium on player execution and unselfish play. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 An unselfish offensive player who isn’t hungry to shoot, Nance averaged 3.1 assists per game last season. oregonlive, 28 Aug. 2021 Tough, defensive-minded point guards who is unselfish and can score. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2021 It’s that unselfish versatility that has caught Wommack’s attention. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 10 Nov. 2021 Groomed by his father, Mobley is programmed to be unselfish. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 8 Nov. 2021 Cowboys receivers celebrate the unselfish culture that prompts them to support each other unfailingly while also encouraging a competitive spirit that drives each to be his best. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2021 The shortstop’s unselfish move to second base to accommodate 23-year-old Blue Jays star Bo Bichette did not impact Semien at the plate. Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2021 The Giants’ extensive platooning and rotating of players resulted in a prepared and unselfish corps of players. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021

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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 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of unselfish

: having or showing more concern for other people than for yourself : not selfish


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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