- unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others (opposed to egoistic).
- Animal Behavior. of or relating to behavior by an animal that may be to its disadvantage but that benefits others of its kind, often its close relatives.
Origin of altruistic
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1. charitable, generous, philanthropic; benevolent, unselfish.
1. self-centered, selfish, mean.
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The British model has created her very own altruistic social networking application called “Impossible.”Áslaug Magnúsdóttir Exits Moda Operandi; Ireland Baldwin's Steamy Vanity Fair Shoot
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The next most popular idea was to give old fur coats to the homeless, an altruistic act to be sure.Randy Cohen’s Three Favorite Ethicist Columns
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If she had been notoriously of an altruistic and free-handed disposition, he could have understood it.The Market-Place
It was altruistic he knew, gentle he was sure, educational he was positive.The Vagrant Duke
They have no high-falutin, altruistic ideas of improving the Boche.The Rough Road
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The Associates were altruistic for the sake of altruism, not for the sake of its beneficiaries.The Crack of Doom
He is altruistic, of course; that is, he feels that he needs help.Philosophy and The Social Problem
Word Origin and History for altruistic
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