altruistic

[al-troo-is-tik]
adjective
1.
unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others (opposed to egoistic ).
2.
Animal Behavior. of or pertaining to behavior by an animal that may be to its disadvantage but that benefits others of its kind, often its close relatives.

Origin:
1850–55; altru(ism) + -istic

altruistically, adverb
hyperaltruistic, adjective
nonaltruistic, adjective
nonaltruistically, adverb


1. charitable, generous, philanthropic; benevolent, unselfish.


1. self-centered, selfish, mean.
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altruism (ˈæltruːˌɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the principle or practice of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
2.  the philosophical doctrine that right action is that which produces the greatest benefit to others
 
[C19: from French altruisme, from Italian altrui others, from Latin alterī, plural of alter other]
 
'altruist
 
n
 
altru'istic
 
adj
 
altru'istically
 
adv

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altruistic
1853, from Fr. altruiste (adj.), from altruisme (see altruism).
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Example sentences
It's not because teachers or policemen have altruistically agree to lower wages but great pensions.
People are malleable and can learn to share and behave altruistically in environments promoting those goals.
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