Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having, exhibiting, or motivated by no concern for oneself; unselfish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having no regard to self; unselfish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having no regard to self; unselfish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having, exhibiting or motivated by no concern for oneself but for others; unselfish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others

Etymologies

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self +‎ -less

Examples

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  • "Ant tribes...that fold in their tiny flocks on the honeyed leaf, and the virgin sisters with the holy instincts of maternal love, detached and in selfless purity." -Moral and Religious Aphorisms, 1825

    Coleridge coined it 200 years after its opposite, selfish, was coined.

    March 5, 2018