- 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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Word Origin and History for non-altruistic
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