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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)
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altruismBehaviour manifesting unselfish concern for the advantage of others. Much seemingly altruistic behaviour can be shown, on analysis, not to be so, and there are those who hold that altruism is a myth. Most social scientists, however, accept the concept.
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