Definition of Selfish

1. Adjective. Concerned chiefly or only with yourself and your advantage to the exclusion of others. "Selfish men were...trying to make capital for themselves out of the sacred cause of civil rights"




Definition of Selfish

1. a. Caring supremely or unduly for one's self; regarding one's own comfort, advantage, etc., in disregard, or at the expense, of those of others.

Definition of Selfish

1. Adjective. Holding one’s self-interest as the standard for decision making. ¹

2. Adjective. Having regard for oneself above others’ well-being. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Selfish

1. concerned chiefly or only with oneself [adj]

Medical Definition of Selfish

1. 1. Caring supremely or unduly for one's self; regarding one's own comfort, advantage, etc, in disregard, or at the expense, of those of others. "They judge of things according to their own private appetites and selfish passions." (Cudworth) "In that throng of selfish hearts untrue." (Keble) 2. Believing or teaching that the chief motives of human action are derived from love of self. "Hobbes and the selfish school of philosophers." (Fleming) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Selfish

selfed
selfenergies
selfenergy
selfexcitation
selfexcitations
selfgravitating
selfheals
selfhood
selfhoods
selfie
selfies
selfing
selfings
selfinteraction
selfish (current term)
selfish DNA
selfish gene
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selfism
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selfist
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selfless
selflessly
selflessness
selflessnesses

Literary usage of Selfish

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1. Principles of Economics by Alfred Marshall (1890)
"It is sometimes said that economists regard it "natural" or "normal," and in some sense even right, that man should be governed only by selfish motives; ..."

2. Elements of Criticism by Henry Home Kames (1829)
"The same effect of stifling selfish motives, is equally remarkable in other ... An action, for example, done to gratify my ambitious views, is selfish ..."

3. A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (1874)
"*i..i. selfish? he meant by affections for ' self-good ' and for' public good,' it is not strange that he should have failed to give any tenable account of ..."

4. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1882)
"THERE once was a selfish old Oyster, Who lived like a monk in a cloister, Safely housed in his shell, Like the monk in his cell, ..."

5. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"Yet proud, in a narrow and selfish sense, Arnold was not. His nature, full of dignity, was yet gentle and singularly sweet, and his interest in the masses ..."

6. The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft by Hubert Howe Bancroft (1883)
"For three centuries the political and commercial dependence of the colonies upon the mother country was as complete and absolute as selfish policy, ..."

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