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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
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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Examples from the web for altruistically
  • 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.
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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