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The setting aside of self-interest for the sake of others or for a belief or principle.

self′-ab′ne·gat′ing adj.
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Adj.1.self-abnegating - used especially of behavior
nonindulgent, strict - characterized by strictness, severity, or restraint
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If it is not self-abnegatingly licking the sores of lepers, neither is its quiet sociability an expression of anything evil or even disreputable.