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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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  • Similar selflessness over the years has taken a heavy toll.
  • The population flourishes because of the selflessness of a few.
  • Demonstrating your value to a group-whether through competence or selflessness-appears to improve status.
  • People perform amazing acts of heroism and selflessness.
  • The essence is knife-sharp pragmatism wedded to soldierly selflessness.
  • Nations at war need courage, quick thinking, and selflessness.
  • Only a heroic act of selflessness will break the curse.
  • The selflessness which that belief encourages might help explain religion's evolution.
  • Economists, typically baffled by selflessness, have tended to hunt for hidden self-interest in apparent altruism.
  • On the face of it, then, they are looking to ride on readers' guilt or selflessness.
British Dictionary definitions for selflessness

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 selflessness

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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