not selfish; disinterested; generous; altruistic.
- un·self·ish·ly, adverb
- un·self·ish·ness, noun
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How to use unselfish in a sentence
When Albert Einstein wrote an obituary for Emmy Noether in 1935, he described her as a “creative mathematical genius” who – despite “unselfish, significant work over a period of many years” – did not get the recognition she deserved.
He’s so unselfish that he will defer, but we need him to be the guy that he can be.An Aggressive Kemba Walker Could Turn Around Boston’s Season | James L. Jackson | March 24, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Coach Scott Brooks praised his team for its unselfish offense.At last, Wizards get their first win by cruising to a rout of the Timberwolves | Ava Wallace | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
You can see how dangerous we are when we’re just being unselfish, learning where everybody is at and making plays for each other.Maryland women come back strong with convincing win over Arkansas | Kareem Copeland | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
She’s an unselfish player, wants you to do well, and that’s what makes her special.A’ja Wilson Was Benched In College. Now She’s An MVP. | Dorothy J. Gentry | September 22, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Have you ever in your life met a child as cheerful, spookily intelligent, unselfish, or indomitable as little Shirley?Shirley Temple Survived Being the Biggest Child Star of All Time With Wit and Grace | Malcolm Jones | February 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Most Americans--most normal, decent, unselfish Americans--are for it.
People say giving is an unselfish act,” says Arsht in a telephone interview, “but the joy you get from giving is so exciting.
Bailey was the most unselfish man I ever knew; the readiest to help others.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Another glimpse of d'Arthez is as the unselfish friend of Marie Gaston, a young poet of his stamp, but "effeminate."Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
Thus the first rule for a graceful manner is unselfish consideration of others.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Mrs Trevor and Fanny, themselves filled with grief, still used all their unselfish endeavours to comfort their dear boys.Eric, or Little by Little | Frederic W. Farrar
Mary Jane Wilks, you know me for your friend, and for your unselfish friend, too.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for unselfish
not selfish or greedy; generous
- unselfishly, adverb
- unselfishness, noun
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