Definition of selfless in English:



  • Concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with one's own; unselfish.

    ‘an act of selfless devotion’
    • ‘He is a selfless individual always keen to help others, particularly his own family and his neighbours.’
    • ‘They have given an example to all the community by their selfless dedication to any job they undertook to better the area.’
    • ‘The play attracted a large audience among the young, who were greatly moved by Che's selfless heroism.’
    • ‘We lived together for two years at university, and I soon came to know her as one of the kindest and most selfless people I have ever known.’
    • ‘It is a community rather less motivated by tolerance, acceptance and the virtues of selfless denial.’
    • ‘He made a brave, selfless decision to choose life and to fight for every single day that he shared with us.’
    • ‘Not surprisingly, according to Microsoft, the whole scheme is an exercise in selfless public service.’
    • ‘My desire to acquire a little bit of rented land on which to grow all things green did not arise from a need to be part of this selfless gardening community.’
    • ‘It's a measure of the selfless charity of the donor that she did not want her name mentioned.’
    • ‘One cannot but stand in awe of such selfless devotion to a cause.’
    • ‘Certainly no one should imagine media corporations are suddenly guided by selfless altruism.’
    • ‘Their history is replete with heroic deeds of selfless devotion and supreme sacrifice over the years.’
    • ‘Kieran was a selfless man who gave of his time generously to everyone.’
    • ‘He is always hilarious, selfless and one of England's finest sons.’
    • ‘It was suggested last week that the Queen epitomised the spirit of selfless public service.’
    • ‘One of the most brave and unique documentary projects, it leaves you in awe of its selfless creator and his generous family.’
    • ‘The winners were chosen for showing bravery in the face of disability, illness or selfless devotion to others.’
    • ‘Anyone with a noble thought or a selfless instinct winds up dead or surrendering to despair.’
    • ‘That selfless act - at the moment of their deepest grief - has provided the gift of life to at least five other people.’
    • ‘In the film he is someone with a generous heart and an open mind, sensitive, selfless and even noble.’
    unselfish, altruistic, self-sacrificing, self-denying
    considerate, compassionate, kind, decent, noble, public-spirited
    generous, magnanimous, ungrudging, unstinting, charitable, benevolent, liberal, open-handed, philanthropic
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