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selfless

[self-lis] /ˈsɛlf lɪs/
adjective
1.
having little or no concern for oneself, especially with regard to fame, position, money, etc.; unselfish.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; self + -less
Related forms
selflessly, adverb
selflessness, noun
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  • Looked at this way, charity needn't be selfless to be worthwhile.
  • And rarely will the faculty recommendations on the budget or program review be selfless.
  • While the responsibility may fall on you, one of the more interesting ideas in the book is that survival is really a selfless act.
  • His journey and selfless dedication involved him in many causes here and abroad.
  • Sometimes payment comes by way of naive volunteers or selfless patriots.
  • Participation in evil can begin with noble and selfless intentions.
  • There are so many stories that illustrate such selfless giving.
  • Her selfless devotion to him and to our family will forever remain in our hearts and minds and will serve as an inspiration.
  • He comes across in this account as intelligent, kind, and rather selfless.
  • How the world could do with more selfless people such as her.
British Dictionary definitions for selfless

selfless

/ˈsɛlflɪs/
adjective
1.
having little concern for one's own interests
Derived Forms
selflessly, adverb
selflessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for selfless
adj.

"devoted to others' welfare or interest and not one's own," 1825, from self + -less. First attested in Coleridge. Related: Selflessly; selflessness.

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