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altruism

(al′troo-ĭz-ĭm) [Fr. altruisme]
Acting for the benefit of others regardless of the consequences for oneself.

involuntary altruism

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)

altruism

Behaviour 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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Second, Feldstein [1988] showed that if income is uncertain, a temporary lump-sum tax cut (paid for by a lump-sum tax increase on the next generation) will increase consumption even for households who eventually leave altruistically motivated bequests.
It concluded: "Any condition to a donation is unacceptable because it is against the fundamental principle that organs are donated altruistically and should go to the patients in greatest need."
Thus, he overlooks the many architects who are altruistically motivated or who design buildings solely for the joy of achievement.
Both are consummate team players who altruistically express due appreciation to the fine assists they get from a superb pack of midfielders.
"After receiving counselling these women are able to donate eggs altruistically - and these donations will be vital in providing a source of eggs for the researchers to be able to take forward their work towards eliminating currently incurable diseases such as mitochondrial diseases.
A certified professional success coach, Charlie altruistically travels the northeast counseling visually impaired audiences, educating them about the disease, the psychological implications, providing resources, coping strategies, technology advances and advice.
Co-author Professor Ruth Mace added: "Our study attempts to understand how the socio-economic characteristics of a neighbourhood affect the likelihood of people in a neighbourhood acting altruistically towards a stranger.
Now, new permissions have been granted so that women can donate altruistically and receive reimbursement for inconvenience and loss of earnings.
Regulation of financial markets is necessary for competition but will not permit businessmen altruistically to subordinate profit maximization to concern for the welfare of society.
Turner is so good at being bad that she becomes one of the few characters that are human in the altruistically utopian world of High School Musical.
At the same time, many inside the industry also support the idea - although among all those responsible, professional agents there are probably others who are motivated, rather less altruistically, by the desire to make life difficult for any new competitors.