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unselfish

[ uhn-sel-fish ]
/ ʌnˈsɛl fɪʃ /
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adjective

not selfish; disinterested; generous; altruistic.

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Origin of unselfish

First recorded in 1690–1700; un-1 + selfish

OTHER WORDS FROM unselfish

un·self·ish·ly, adverbun·self·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for unselfish

unselfish
/ (ʌnˈsɛlfɪʃ) /

adjective

not selfish or greedy; generous

Derived forms of unselfish

unselfishly, adverbunselfishness, noun
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