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Definition of the adjective altruistic

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adjective - degrees: more altruistic / most altruistic

  1. showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
    • examples: Peter was an altruistic video game player; he would give items to people who needed them, rather than selling them for personal profit. | She was impressed with the altruistic service of nurses. | I also think that someone is sure to use it for selfish and not purely altruistic ends.
    • synonym of altruistic: selfless
    • antonym of altruistic: egoistic
    • see also: unselfish

Alternative definition of the adjective altruistic


  1. Regardful of others; beneficent; unselfish


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Google previewThe Evolution of Parental Care (2012)

by Nick J. Royle, Per T. Smiseth, Mathias Kölliker

choice of words appears to stem from the idea that this negative direct selection is maintained because of kin-benefits, and so the adjective altruistic refers to the conditions that maintain negative selection on parental ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Economic Sociology (2013)

by Jens Beckert, Milan Zafirovski

RANDY HODSON ALTRUISM There is no agreed definition of what con- stitutes altruistic behaviour. At one extreme, there are those who limit the definition to actions that benefit others but require significant sacrifices on the part of the actor.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Love in World Religions (2008)

by Yudit Kornberg Greenberg

Altruistic. Love. The dialogue between science and religion on the nature of unselfish love has the potential to increase...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Psychology (2016)

by Ray Corsini

See ALTRUISTIC BEHAVIOR, ALTRUISTIC SUICIDE. altruistic behavior Acting in the interest of others; putting concern for others above concern for the self. Examples cover a wide range, including expressions of interest, support, and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent (2009)

by Barbara Kerr

Privileged Relational Altruistic life path tend to express genuine generosity toward others less fortunate. For instance, many of the physicians in the international humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders fit this impressive ...

Google previewDictionary of Corporate Social Responsibility (2015)

CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance by Samuel O. Idowu, Nicholas Capaldi, Matthias S. Fifka, Liangrong Zu, René Schmidpeter

Okpara Altruistic CSR responsibility involves organization's philanthropic responsibilities to various societal stakeholders, whether the investment ( business) will be profitable to an organization or not (Lantos [1]). Firms practicing ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Hallucinations (2009)

by Jan Dirk Blom

The term altruistic hallucination is indebted to the French noun altruisme, coined by the French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798–1857), which translates to unselfishness. The term hallucination altruiste was introduced in or shortly before ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology (2012)

by Dr. Alan Hastings, Dr. Louis Gross

A mechanism in this context is a strategy for achieving positive assortment of altruistic strategies. However one chooses to model the evolution of altruism, it cannot evolve unless individuals carrying altruistic genes tend to direct the benefits of ...

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We are selfish when we are exclusively or predominantly concerned with the good for ourselves. We are altruistic when we are exclusively or predominantly concerned with the good of others. (Mortimer Adler)
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Scrabble value of A1L1T1R1U1I1S1T1I1C3

The value of this 10-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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