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1. Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.
2. Zoology Instinctive behavior that is detrimental to the individual but favors the survival or spread of that individual's genes, as by benefiting its relatives.

[French altruisme, probably from Italian altrui, someone else, from Latin alter, other; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

al′tru·ist n.
al′tru·is′tic adj.
al′tru·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
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Adv.1.altruistically - in an altruistic manneraltruistically - in an altruistic manner; "he acted selflessly when he helped the old lady in distress"
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[ˌæltrʊˈɪstɪklɪ] advaltruisticamente
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