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altruistic Syllabification: al·tru·is·tic
Pronunciation: /ˌaltro͞oˈistik/

Definition of altruistic in English:


Showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish: it was an entirely altruistic act I question how altruistic his motives were
More example sentences
  • Don't be fooled into thinking I do this for altruistic reasons though.
  • His benevolent and altruistic nature made him very well known to everyone in the area.
  • Humans are far more co-operative and altruistic than any other species.


Pronunciation: /ˌaltro͞oˈistiklē/
Example sentences
  • I vote altruistically, for the benefit of others and for an idea of the kind of world I want for future generations.
  • All other things being equal, you'd expect people who develop the ability to empathise and act altruistically to live longer and procreate more often.
  • People who altruistically perform thankless tasks should be rewarded, but not by people who inspire little respect.
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