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a sense of unconditional concern for the welfare of others. It may be expressed at the level of the individual, the group, or the larger social system. It is one of the curative factors of participating in group therapy. altruistic, adj.
altruism(al′troo-ĭz-ĭm) [Fr. altruisme]
Acting for the benefit of others regardless of the consequences for oneself.
An action that is taken on behalf of others not because of one's own choosing but because of coercion, fiat, or legislation.altruist (al′troo-ist″) altruistic (al″troo-is′tik)