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selfless

[self-lis] /ˈsɛlf lɪs/
adjective
1.
having little or no concern for oneself, especially with regard to fame, position, money, etc.; unselfish.
Origin of selfless
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; self + -less
Related forms
selflessly, adverb
selflessness, noun
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  • He should have that oil of joy for his work, for his high, selfless purposes.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Mrs. Trevor accounted him the most devoted and selfless friend that woman ever had.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • He enlarged on this theme, on the Kingdom which can belong only to those who are selfless.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • There were, needless to say, selfless exceptions to the egotistic rule.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • The yearning yet selfless love which it expressed was not for my eyes to witness.

    Bat Wing Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for selfless

selfless

/ˈsɛlflɪs/
adjective
1.
having little concern for one's own interests
Derived Forms
selflessly, adverb
selflessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for selfless
adj.

"devoted to others' welfare or interest and not one's own," 1825, from self + -less. First attested in Coleridge. Related: Selflessly; selflessness.

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