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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for self-forgetful
Historical Examples
  • For some time together I remained in this self-forgetful state of bliss.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • How considerate, how patient, how self-forgetful he had always been.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • Don't be too generous, nor too strong, nor too self-forgetful.

  • Is it thus you answer the warning of too disinterested and self-forgetful a love?

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • 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
  • Finally, Paul was full of self-forgetful, self-sacrificing love.

  • Because she was magnanimous and self-forgetful, must he need be a brute?

    Caper-Sauce Fanny Fern
  • To every word of this narrative Elinor had listened, absorbed and self-forgetful.

    The Pines of Lory

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

    The Sword of Damocles Anna Katharine Green
  • Make me self-forgetful, that I may be willing to make peace with those whom I may have displeased.

    Leaves of Life Margaret Bird Steinmetz
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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