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altruistic

[al-troo-is-tik] /ˌæl truˈɪs tɪk/
adjective
1.
unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others (opposed to egoistic).
2.
Animal Behavior. of or relating to behavior by an animal that may be to its disadvantage but that benefits others of its kind, often its close relatives.
Origin of altruistic
1850-1855
1850-55; altru(ism) + -istic
Related forms
altruistically, adverb
hyperaltruistic, adjective
nonaltruistic, adjective
nonaltruistically, adverb
Synonyms
1. charitable, generous, philanthropic; benevolent, unselfish.
Antonyms
1. self-centered, selfish, mean.
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Word Origin and History for altruistic
adj.

1853, from French altruiste (adj.), from altruisme (see altruism) + -ic.

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