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altruism

[al′tro̅o̅·iz′əm]
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.

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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Happiness and peace in life can be attained and can reside in altruism, selflessness and compassion.
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But thankfully he did and his selflessness gave that man a second chance at life and now, with a baby on the way, he has everything to live for.
Rand did not regard selflessness as the equivalent of altruism; rather, she observed that altruism is a moral code that upholds self-sacrificial service to others--that is, selflessness--as a virtue.
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But we have found that it is selflessness that generates wisdom and its attributes.
raw 4 spring The Pride of Britain Awards 2012, Tuesday, ITV1, 8pm 2 2 For one night only, the spotlight is turned on inspiring members of the public who have displayed amazing acts of selflessness.
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