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[self-fer-get-fuh l, self-] /ˈsɛlf fərˈgɛt fəl, ˌsɛlf-/
forgetful or not thinking of one's own advantage, interest, etc.
Origin of self-forgetful
First recorded in 1860-65
Related forms
self-forgetfully, adverb
self-forgetfulness, noun Unabridged
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  • There is something wonderfully taking about her to-night; and how good she is, and self-forgetful!

  • Don't be too generous, nor too strong, nor too self-forgetful.

  • She at once turned to him with her most self-forgetful smile.

    The Sword of Damocles Anna Katharine Green
  • Is it thus you answer the warning of too disinterested and self-forgetful a love?

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He had a childlike clearness and simplicity of speech, and a self-forgetful habit of reminiscence.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Before that I had seen only the world and things in it, had sought them self-forgetful of all but my impulse.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • Under these circumstances the medals of honor awarded them must be considered justly due to their self-forgetful heroism.

  • Finally, Paul was full of self-forgetful, self-sacrificing love.

  • Never has a greater contrast been shown between self-seeking man and self-forgetful woman.

    The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow Anna Katharine Green
  • Because she was magnanimous and self-forgetful, must he need be a brute?

    Caper-Sauce Fanny Fern
British Dictionary definitions for self-forgetful


forgetful of one's own interests
Derived Forms
self-forgetfully, adverb
self-forgetfulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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