Can anyone give the exact single word for the feeling/quality of doing good works for others without having any selfishness?

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    Mar 22, 2018 at 3:24

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Having, exhibiting, or motivated by no concern for oneself; unselfish

American Heritage Dictionary


Twenty-five million veterans are living among us today. These men and women selflessly set aside their civilian lives to put on the uniform and serve us. - Steve Buyer

Also "altruism"

  1. Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.
    American Heritage Dictionary


“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ― Martin Luther King Jr

There is also "philanthropy", but I think this word is less suitable, as not all philanthropists might act out of complete selflessness.


Doing good without a selfish motivation is called 'altruism'.

Disinterested or selfless concern for the well-being of others, esp. as a principle of action. Opposed to selfishness, egoism, or (in early use) egotism.


The gift of giving: How does altruism improve teens' lives?

Medical News - 25 Dec 2017

New research finds that altruism - and social media - can help corporations cultivate trust with consumers

PhysOrg - 20 Feb 2018

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