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unselfish Line breaks: un|self¦ish
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈsɛlfɪʃ/

Definition of unselfish in English:


Willing to put the needs or wishes of others before one’s own: unselfish devotion
More example sentences
  • In fact, the liturgy should consider unselfish love and joyful praise as the most important element of liturgical service.
  • She thanked the men and women of the Irish Defence Forces for their courage, dedication and unselfish humanity.
  • Are they snotty suburban materialists or caring and unselfish community leaders?



Pronunciation: /ʌnˈsɛlfɪʃ(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • The bottom line is that while there are good people out there working hard and unselfishly for charitable causes, there are also some cowboys.
  • His acknowledged understanding of the dairy sector at all levels coupled with his sense of fairness and his willingness to give unselfishly of his time to this role made him an ideal chairman throughout his period of office.
  • Anna's hospitality and generosity was extended to all those who entered her home and her children and grandchildren stand up and call her blessed because she devoted her life to caring for them unselfishly.


Pronunciation: /ʌnˈsɛlfɪʃnəs/
Example sentences
  • Even his own gentle unselfishness comes under scrutiny.
  • James always put others first and his generosity and unselfishness will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.
  • She is a great example to the whole community in her unselfishness and kindness.

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