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[uhn-sel-fish] /ʌnˈsɛl fɪʃ/
not selfish; disinterested; generous; altruistic.
Origin of unselfish
First recorded in 1690-1700; un-1 + selfish
Related forms
unselfishly, adverb
unselfishness, noun Unabridged
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  • She had sown in his mind the belief that she was living for him unselfishly.

    Bella Donna Robert Hichens
  • Of all the women he had known, she had most truly and unselfishly loved him.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • unselfishly every pleasure is shared, and uncomplainingly in every task and duty each fellow does his share.

    The Auto Boys' Quest James A Braden
  • He was simple and unselfish and he loved her simply and unselfishly.

    Fair Margaret Francis Marion Crawford
  • Few men have lived their lives so unselfishly, and with so much preoccupation for the good that they might accomplish, as he did.

    Makers of Modern Medicine James J. Walsh
  • "Yet he also has unselfishly contributed to the general diversion," said Arden.

    Lady Lilith Stephen McKenna
  • Would he unselfishly forego his claim to make her great, and perhaps happy?

  • How patiently and unselfishly that toil was performed the history of Europe tells.

  • Mr. Bryan was unselfishly anxious to save the reputation of the newspaper press as a power in public affairs.

    Recollections of a Varied Life George Cary Eggleston
  • And now,” she said unselfishly, “tell me more about the changes at your place.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
British Dictionary definitions for unselfishly


not selfish or greedy; generous
Derived Forms
unselfishly, adverb
unselfishness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unselfishly



1690s, from un- (1) "not" + selfish. Cf. Danish uselvisk, Swedish osjälfvisk. Related: Unselfishly; unselfishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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