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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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  • Selfishly, altruistically, the story was the thing for him to do.

    To Him That Hath Leroy Scott
  • But the girl he saw from the car window—did she also appeal to him altruistically?

    The Little Brown Jug at Kildare Meredith Nicholson
  • The three women fell to wrangling, altruistically, of course, over the two front seats.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • The lieutenant, being young himself, was not so cautiously and altruistically apprehensive.

    The Storm Centre Charles Egbert Craddock
Word Origin and History for altruistically

altruistic

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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