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English definition of “selfless”


adjective     /ˈself.ləs/ approving
caring more for what other people need and want rather than for what you yourself need and want : selfless devotion to duty Virtue and moral goodShy and modestAnxious and worried selflessly     /-li/ adverb approving selflessness     /-nəs/ noun [U] approving
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