unselfish

[ uhn-sel-fish ]
/ ʌnˈsɛl fɪʃ /

adjective

not selfish; disinterested; generous; altruistic.

Origin of unselfish

First recorded in 1690–1700; un-1 + selfish
Related formsun·self·ish·ly, adverbun·self·ish·ness, noun
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unselfish

/ (ʌnˈsɛlfɪʃ) /

adjective

not selfish or greedy; generous
Derived Formsunselfishly, adverbunselfishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unselfish

unselfish


adj.

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

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