• WordNet 3.6
    • adj altruistic showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Altruistic Regardful of others; beneficent; unselfish; -- opposed to egoistic or selfish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • altruistic Pertaining or relating to altruism; regardful of others; having regard to the well-being or best interests of others: opposed to egoistic.
    • altruistic Pertaining to that theory of ethics which regards altruism as the highest motive.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. altruiste, a. See Altruism.


In literature:

For, mark you, the chartered company did not go to North Borneo from any altruistic motives.
"Where the Strange Trails Go Down" by E. Alexander Powell
He continued his altruistic deliberations throughout the evening at his dwelling.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
They have no high-falutin, altruistic ideas of improving the Boche.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
I have not been altruistic.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
And, by the way, I'm not as altruistic as I look.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
It would be a mistake, however, to assume that Russia's motives had been entirely or even largely altruistic.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
Ward did not put it quite so altruistically.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
For, just in the same way, a child's altruistic feelings may be stimulated by love.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
This altruistic sentiment strongly exists in the monkeys.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
Aristotle emphasized man's altruistic traits, Hobbes stressed his egoistic disposition.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park

In poetry:

Because a poor bush parson prayed an altruistic prayer,
Rich with unselfish fellow-love that Heaven counted rare;
And yet, mayhap, because one night a meteor was hurled
Across the everlasting blue, the luck was with our world.
"A Song of Rain" by C J Dennis

In news:

So now researchers in New Zealand have recreated the Nature study under the hypothesis that the babies may not have been responding to the altruistic behaviors of the toys, but rather to bouncing climber (like.
Although the vampire bat has traditionally been seen as a ghoulish predator, it interests biologists for a very different reason: it is deeply altruistic .
If that's the case, then altruism wouldn't be all that altruistic .
It's possible that babies are more likely to be altruistic than older people, because they think less about it.
Would we be altruistic if we didn't have a sense of fairness.
Another third were " altruistic sharers": they shared their chosen toy.
The medical social contract calls for altruistic service.
Evolution of cooperative and altruistic behavior in earlier research Keller's group.
I add "nicest," because Harman reveals some of his scientist characters to be less than altruistic .
When it comes to being altruistic and giving back to others, Stephen says it's important to recognize that everybody has different strengths.
Two studies of birds published this week report surprising insights into the evolution of altruistic behavior.
The starkness of the human interactions described in Cormac McCarthy's The Road illuminates one of the most fundamental questions that arises about human nature: Are we fundamentally selfish or altruistic .
The altruistic impulse, they say, is a nondenominational gift, the birthright and defining characteristic of the human species.
As they see it, the roots of altruistic behavior far predate Homo sapiens, and that is why it seems to flow forth so readily once tapped.
Except of course, if you happen to be Mahatma Gandhi 's grandson, brought up on an altruistic diet of simple living and high thinking.

In science:

However, the unselfish, altruistic actions apparently contradict Da rwinian selection.
Randomness enhances cooperation: a resonance type phenomenon in evolutionary games
The genes are still selfish but the phenotype behaves ostensibly altruistic.
Cooperation Evolution in Random Multiplicative Environments
Peers were assumed to all share content and use an altruistic sharing policy. Each peer had a set period for messages broadcast. The behavior exhibited was very similar to that of a perfectly spreading infectious virus, where the virus had no self destructive characteristics.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
They act altruistically in the storage and broadcast of messages.
Content Sharing for Mobile Devices
Fehr and S. G ¨achter, Altruistic punishment in humans.
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics