- 1The belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others: some may choose to work with vulnerable elderly people out of altruismMore example sentences
- Most health professionals are motivated by altruism and concern for patients' best interests.
- Certainly no one should imagine media corporations are suddenly guided by selfless altruism.
- It brought out the very best in people: altruism, tolerance, noble-mindedness, and openness to others.
- 1.1 Zoology Behavior of an animal that benefits another at its own expense.More example sentences
- Yet systems of reciprocal altruism do emerge in various social species, even among us humans.
- The book ends with an incisive analysis of animal altruism.
- Are there any other animal examples of this type of social structure where altruism seems to play a part?
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- Doctors can no longer be regarded as white-coated altruists who are moved by the will to heal; they have become shrewd and aggressive shareholders and investors.
- Of course, it's not exactly hard to find billionaires who think of themselves as altruists regardless of the obscene amounts of wealth they accumulate.
- This altruist was only persuaded to come forward when he realised he might use the money to help others, and is now considering setting up a charitable foundation.
mid 19th century: from French altruisme, from Italian altrui 'somebody else', from Latin alteri huic 'to this other'.