unselfish


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un·self·ish

 (ŭn-sĕl′fĭsh)
adj.
Generous or altruistic.

un·self′ish·ly adv.
un·self′ish·ness n.
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unselfish

(ʌnˈsɛlfɪʃ)
adj
not selfish or greedy; generous
unˈselfishly adv
unˈselfishness n
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un•self•ish

(ʌnˈsɛl fɪʃ)

adj.
not selfish; disinterested; generous; altruistic.
[1690–1700]
un•self′ish•ly, adv.
un•self′ish•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unselfish - disregarding your own advantages and welfare over those of others
altruistic, selfless - showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
considerate - showing concern for the rights and feelings of others; "friends considerate enough to leave us alone"
generous - willing to give and share unstintingly; "a generous donation"
selfish - concerned chiefly or only with yourself and your advantage to the exclusion of others; "Selfish men were...trying to make capital for themselves out of the sacred cause of civil rights"- Maria Weston Chapman
2.unselfish - not greedyunselfish - not greedy        
generous - willing to give and share unstintingly; "a generous donation"
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unselfish

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unselfish

adjective
1. Willing to give of oneself and one's possessions:
2. Without concern for oneself:
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Translations
nesobecký
epäitsekäs
önzetlen
利他的献身的

unselfish

[ˈʌnˈselfɪʃ] ADJdesinteresado
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

unselfish

[ʌnˈsɛlfɪʃ] adj
(= generous) → généreux/euse
(= selfless) [team player] → qui a l'esprit d'équipe; [act] → désintéressé(e)
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unselfish

adjuneigennützig, selbstlos; (esp Ftbl) playermit selbstlosem Einsatz spielend
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unselfish

[ʌnˈsɛlfɪʃ] adj (person) → altruista; (act) → disinteressato/a
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References in classic literature ?
Often when she woke Jo found Beth reading in her well-worn little book, heard her singing softly, to beguile the sleepless night, or saw her lean her face upon her hands, while slow tears dropped through the transparent fingers, and Jo would lie watching her with thoughts too deep for tears, feeling that Beth, in her simple, unselfish way, was trying to wean herself from the dear old life, and fit herself for the life to come, by sacred words of comfort, quiet prayers, and the music she loved so well.
Let her do what she would, she was always blamed, and got small thanks for all the trouble she took; nothing was right, everything wrong; and yet, if the truth were known, the girl was worth her weight in gold--she was so unselfish and good-hearted.
That ye might become weary of saying: "That an action is good is because it is unselfish."
Nothing could be more appropriate than that those who from unselfish motives and elevated sentiments are doing battle for the people's rights and interests, should themselves be the chief beneficiaries of success.
Charlotte, unselfish in the Forum, would have tried a sweeter temper than Lucy's, and once, in the Baths of Caracalla, they had doubted whether they could continue their tour.
No human mother could have shown more unselfish and sacrificing devotion than did this poor, wild brute for the little orphaned waif whom fate had thrown into her keeping.
As for the central figure, Don Quixote himself, in his dignity and generosity, his unselfish ideals, and his fearless devotion to them, he is always heroic and beautiful; and I was glad to find in my latest look at his history that I had truly conceived of him at first, and had felt the sublimity of his nature.
It did not accord with the rationality of plan, the moderation in expense, or even the unselfish warmth of heart, which she had believed herself to discern in him yesterday.
In an unselfish aspect, I am sorry that the thing is dropped, because it would have been a bad thing for me in a worldly point of view; in a selfish aspect, I am glad that the thing has dropped, because it would have been a bad thing for me in a worldly point of view-- it is hardly necessary to say I could have gained nothing by it.
He created the mind he believed in out of his own, which was large, unselfish, tender.
As she was an unselfish person, she could not fight so well in her own battle as in that of someone whom she loved and to whom she was devoted.
It was bad enough to see the whole boat-load struggling, floundering, sinking in the sea; for selfish eyes (and which of us is all unselfish at such a time?) there was a worse sight yet; for I saw all this across an impassable gulf of fire.