Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or state of being self-centered; selfishness.
  • n. Individuality; selfhood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state, quality, or condition of self.
  • n. Egotism; the usurpation of undue predominance by sentiments relating to one's self.
  • n. Personality.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Selfishness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Egotism; the usurpation of undue predominance by sentiments relating to one's self.
  • n. Personality.

Etymologies

From self +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Understand that to put yourself first, what I refer to as selfness, is the ultimate act of service.

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  • That just might give you some insight into where your selfness vs. selflessness balance sits.

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  • As man learns to ask himself and doubt about the physical reality of his existence in metaphysical inversion or perversion, inversion of being to becoming one unique whole of selfness - as if man is born to be in perpetual quest of knowing himself vis-à-vis others around him.

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  • That detachment, so to say, is a firm step towards gaining his independence as a progenitor of human evolution of selfness.

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  • One's selfness first doubts of his summary judgment of mere existence, hence he thinks by investing his soulful capital to appropriate the contingency of his existence in excess of the worldly weal and woes and as it exposes itself to the extent of its potentiality, he thinks like he exists.

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  • The answer is I am what I am because of my liberatory feelings of selfness and I know I have discovered my self and that is why I know what I am.

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  • Moreover, the evolution of human beings is just not the idea of human beings evolved as Machiavellian Primates who are physically positioned in the material world with the burning desires of worldly weal and woes, rather it is that humans are the most evolved in gradual progression from the world of thinking and feeling to a heightened world of spiritual dimension where selfishness is primordially sacrificed at the expense of selfness.

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  • And he exists to the potentiality of his selfness.

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  • In another illustration of hard-fought (even, here, arguably hard-hearted) selfness, Terri Minsky describes having a demanding TV career that could put her in L.A. for months at a time, while her family remained in Manhattan.

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  • Relatively high up on the pyramid of needs is a sense of “selfness,” illustrated nicely here by Page Evans:

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