altruistic \al-troo-IS-tik\, adjective:
1. Unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others.
I thought you were an altruistic banker, nothing more, nothing less. A civic-minded altruistic banker.
— Inman Majors, The Millionaires: A Novel
An altruistic act is an act performed for the welfare of others. It is unselfish, as opposed to an act performed for self, which is selfish.
— Jack London, The Sea-Wolf
Altruistic was coined in 1830 by philosopher Auguste Comte. It originates in the French word altrui meaning “of or to others” from the Latin word alteri meaning “other.”
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